Fu Manchu Lionfish | Dendrochirus biocellatus

“The Fu Manchu Lionfish is found in the Indo-Pacific. Its geographical range stretches from Mauritius, Reunion, The Maldives and Sri Lanka to the Society Islands in French Polynesia. Northwards, these fishes can be found up to the southern parts of Japan, and southwards their range proceeds to Scott Reef northwest of Australia.
The Fu Manchu Lionfish habitats are clear tropical waters with prolific coral growth. The depths range for this species is 1-40 meters / 33-131 feet. During the day, the Fu Manchu Lionfish will typically stay hidden in caves or among sponges on the reef.” -

(by mcnato)

Fu Manchu Lionfish | Dendrochirus biocellatus

The Fu Manchu Lionfish is found in the Indo-Pacific. Its geographical range stretches from Mauritius, Reunion, The Maldives and Sri Lanka to the Society Islands in French Polynesia. Northwards, these fishes can be found up to the southern parts of Japan, and southwards their range proceeds to Scott Reef northwest of Australia.

The Fu Manchu Lionfish habitats are clear tropical waters with prolific coral growth. The depths range for this species is 1-40 meters / 33-131 feet. During the day, the Fu Manchu Lionfish will typically stay hidden in caves or among sponges on the reef.” -

(by mcnato)



Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans
(by René Cazalens)

Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans

(by René Cazalens)



Lionfish | Pterois volitans
(by Niall Deiraniya Underwater Photography)

Lionfish | Pterois volitans

(by Niall Deiraniya Underwater Photography)



Dwarf Lionfish | Dendrochirus brachypterus
(by The Sprain)

Dwarf Lionfish | Dendrochirus brachypterus

(by The Sprain)



Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans
(by Guillaume HALLIEZ)

Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans

(by Guillaume HALLIEZ)



Lionfish | Pterois volitans
(by FrogfishPhotos)

Lionfish | Pterois volitans

(by FrogfishPhotos)



Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans
(by Jon Faulkner)

Red Lionfish | Pterois volitans

(by Jon Faulkner)



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)