Red Lionfish
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Pterois volitans

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Range Pacific Ocean, invading Atlantic Ocean
Estimated Population increasing Atlantic and unevaluated Pacific
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Scorpaenidae
Genus Pterois
Species • P. volitans

Red Lionfish (P. volitans) is a reef animal found in many areas. The Lionfish's spines are very venomous and can kill easily.

Their striking red colors are a warning to others, a sign that it is venomous. These animals make their homes in reefs of the south pacific or around Hawaii, though due to being released as pets in areas such as Florida and Bermuda, they have began taking over the Atlantic.

Atlantic Ocean InvasionEdit

The Red Lionfish is known as an Invasive species in the Western Atlantic, due to them being released from home aquariums around the area. Because this species is practically an apex predator in its new territory, there is nothing stopping it- unless humans contribute. The REEF organization has lionfish derbies, where competitors kill as many lionfish (in the Atlantic) as they can. Hopefully this will help drive down the population, but the lionfish reproduce fast and are still being released from home aquariums.


Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated