Fu Manchu Lionfish | Dendrochirus biocellatus

“The Fu Manchu Lionfish, also known as the Twinspot Lionfish, or Ocellated Lionfish, has red, white, and black vertical stripes along the body. It has large, fan-like pectoral fins, and tall, quill-like dorsal fins. It is unique from other Lionfish because of the two, feeler-like appendages on the chin.
A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places is suitable. It will hide while acclimating to its new environment. The top spines are venomous, causing reactions similar to a bee sting, only stronger.” -

(by mcnato)

Fu Manchu Lionfish | Dendrochirus biocellatus

The Fu Manchu Lionfish, also known as the Twinspot Lionfish, or Ocellated Lionfish, has red, white, and black vertical stripes along the body. It has large, fan-like pectoral fins, and tall, quill-like dorsal fins. It is unique from other Lionfish because of the two, feeler-like appendages on the chin.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places is suitable. It will hide while acclimating to its new environment. The top spines are venomous, causing reactions similar to a bee sting, only stronger.” -

(by mcnato)



Spotfin Lionfish | Pterois antennata

"Lionfish have “wigglers” and fleshy nobs over its eyes and under its mouth when they are young. Smaller prey fish are lured to these tassels. When the fish attempt to take the bait, the lionfish is able to swallow them in a lightning fast strike; the hunter becomes the prey! As the lionfish grows older they no longer need these lures as they gain hunting experience. The nobs may eventually be nibbled down to nothing or they can get knocked off as the lionfish moves around its habitat."  -

(by Gatria)

Spotfin Lionfish Pterois antennata

"Lionfish have “wigglers” and fleshy nobs over its eyes and under its mouth when they are young. Smaller prey fish are lured to these tassels. When the fish attempt to take the bait, the lionfish is able to swallow them in a lightning fast strike; the hunter becomes the prey! As the lionfish grows older they no longer need these lures as they gain hunting experience. The nobs may eventually be nibbled down to nothing or they can get knocked off as the lionfish moves around its habitat."  -

(by Gatria)



Lionfish | Pterois
(by Audalys)

Lionfish | Pterois

(by Audalys)



Juvenile Zebra Lionfish | Dendrochirus zebra

"Lionfish are thought to be nocturnal hunters, but they have been found with full stomachs during the day in the Atlantic. They move about by slowly undulating the soft rays of the dorsal and anal fins. During the day, they sometimes retreat to ledges and crevices among the rocks and corals. Although in the Atlantic, lionfish are often seen moving about during the day, both alone and in small groups." -

(Photo by Nick Hobgood)

Juvenile Zebra Lionfish | Dendrochirus zebra

"Lionfish are thought to be nocturnal hunters, but they have been found with full stomachs during the day in the Atlantic. They move about by slowly undulating the soft rays of the dorsal and anal fins. During the day, they sometimes retreat to ledges and crevices among the rocks and corals. Although in the Atlantic, lionfish are often seen moving about during the day, both alone and in small groups." -

(Photo by Nick Hobgood)



Lionfish | Pterois

"Lionfish prey on a wide variety of small fish and crustaceans that inhabit the tropical reefs. The lionfish is prey to few predators due to the large size of the lionfish and the fact that the appearance of the lionfish is intimating to other animals. The spikes that protrude from the body of the lionfish contain venom that lionfish uses to defend itself if it is being pursued."   -

(by melissa.fiene)

Lionfish | Pterois

"Lionfish prey on a wide variety of small fish and crustaceans that inhabit the tropical reefs. The lionfish is prey to few predators due to the large size of the lionfish and the fact that the appearance of the lionfish is intimating to other animals. The spikes that protrude from the body of the lionfish contain venom that lionfish uses to defend itself if it is being pursued."   -

(by melissa.fiene)



Lionfish | Pterois

“Lionfish are known to eat just about every marine creature in its range, by some estimates that includes over 70 different fish, invertebrates and mollusks.”  -

(by nialldeiraniya)

Lionfish | Pterois

Lionfish are known to eat just about every marine creature in its range, by some estimates that includes over 70 different fish, invertebrates and mollusks.”  -

(by nialldeiraniya)




Lionfish | Pterois

(Photos by Chris Hull Photography)



Spotfin Lionfish | Pterois antennata
(by AlistairKiwi)

Spotfin Lionfish | Pterois antennata

(by AlistairKiwi)



Juvenile Lionfish | Pterois
(by FrogfishPhotos)

Juvenile Lionfish | Pterois

(by FrogfishPhotos)



Lionfish | Pterois
(by Mey.r)

Lionfish | Pterois

(by Mey.r)



Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans

"The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely defensive. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimp. A sting from a lionfish is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal."     -

(Photo by Jason Parkerson)

Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans

"The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely defensive. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimp. A sting from a lionfish is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal."     -

(Photo by Jason Parkerson)



Shortfin Lionfish | Dendrochirus brachypterus
(by mve_Bob)

Shortfin Lionfish | Dendrochirus brachypterus

(by mve_Bob)



Lionfish | Pterois
(by *Tim Grey)

Lionfish | Pterois

(by *Tim Grey)



Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans
(by Okinawa Nature Photography)

Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans

(by Okinawa Nature Photography)



Lionfish | Pterois volitans
(by Bitbanger2012)

Lionfish | Pterois volitans

(by Bitbanger2012)