Red Lionfish - Pterois volitans

Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a fish venomous who live coral reef  in the family Scorpaenidae, order Scorpaeniformes. Red Lionfish Pesce Scorpione Pesce Leone Pterois volitans

Pterois volitansis natively found in the Indo-Pacific region, but has become an invasive problem in the Carribbean Sea, as well as along the East Coast of the United States. Red lionfish are clad in white stripes alternated with red/maroon/brown stripes. Adults in this species can grow as large as 38 cm in length, making it one of the largest species of lionfish in the ocean.

The average red lionfish lives around 10 years. As with many species within the family Scopaenidae, it has large, venomous spines that protrude from the body, similar to a mane, giving it the common name lionfish.  The venomous spines make the fish inedible or deter most potential predator.

Pesce scorpione - red Lionfish - Pterois volitans -
Pesce scorpione – red Lionfish – Pterois volitans –

Lionfish reproduce monthly and are able to quickly disperse during their larval stage for expansion of their invasive region. No definitive predators of the lionfish are known, and many organizations are promoting the harvest and consumption of lionfish in efforts to prevent further increases in the already high population densities.

(tratto da Wikipedia)


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