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Lionfish

Armed with up to 18 venomous spines, lionfish cruise the coral reefs with confidence making them a formidable and bold hunter.

Lionfish

Lionfish

Armed with up to 18 venomous spines, lionfish cruise the coral reefs with confidence making them a formidable and bold hunter.

A striking boldly-patterned fish, the lionfish has distinctive bands of red and white stripes and elongated, fan-like fins. With their unique appearance and bold colours they are often referred to as one of the most beautiful fish in the ocean but don’t let their looks fool you. Lionfish are armed with 18 venomous spines or “pectoral fins” which they use to attack their pray.

Lionfish feed on a wide variety of small fish including shrimps and crabs. It hunts primarily during the night, it stalks and ambushes its prey by spreading its pectoral fins out wide and encloses its prey into a corner, before swiftly swallowing it whole.

Did you know?

A lionfish will often spread its pectoral fins and herd small fish into a confined space where it can more easily swallow them.

Where do they live?

Coral reefs around Western Australia and north to the Great Barrier Reef. 

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