Habitat & Range
This species of fish is found in the shallow waters around coral reefs, caves or rocky areas.
Lionfish inhabit warm regions from the Red Sea across the Indian Ocean to Australia and the Pacific.
The lionfish is immediately identifiable by its brightly striped body and its long, fanlike pectoral fins. The distinctive appearance is a warning to potential predators that the lionfish’s grooved spines are equipped with venom which can cripple a predator and even kill a human. The venom of the lionfish is a defensive adaptation and is not used to catch prey.
IUCN Status: Not evaluated
Lionfish are not currently endangered. The greatest threats to lionfish include the destruction of coral reefs, pollution in the ocean and over-collection of these fish for the pet trade.
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