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Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)
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Pterois volitans
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Pterois volitans

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Scorpaeniformes  
 Family Scorpaenidae  
 Genus Pterois  
  Pterois volitans    (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Provider: Chen, Jeng-Ping 
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Synonyms: Gasterosteus volitans   details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Dorsal fin with XIII spines and 10-11 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 6-7 soft rays. Scales cycloid. Variable in color, usually in relation to habitat. Coastal species generally darker, sometimes almost black in estuaries. Often with large tentacles above eyes. 
Habitat: Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs from turbid inshore areas to depths of 50 m. Hides in unexposed places at daytime often with head down and practically immobile. Pelagic juveniles expatriate over great distances and the reason for their broad geographica 
Distribution: Indo-Pacific: western Australia and Malaysia to the Marquesan Islands and Oeno (Pitcairn group) and Taiwan; north to southern Japan and southern Korea; south to Lord Howe, Kermadec, and Austral Islands; throughout Micronesia. Also known from Inhaca Island 
Utility: Not commercial market food species, edible, palatable, a popular table fish. Common aquarium species. 
Name Code: 382867
  
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Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0930 0003 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0987 0003 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0930 0007 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0930 0005 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 0403 0888 [detail]
© 2003 John White

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0920 0125 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 1102 1237 [detail]
© 2002 John White

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0987 0035 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0930 0004 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0987 0033 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0987 0032 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0917 0062 [detail]
H. Vannoy Davis
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0987 0002 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0936 0111 [detail]
John H. Tashjian
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0091 3183 0930 0006 [detail]
Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
UCMP specimen card
ID: 2222 0804 0007 0030 [detail]
© University of California Museum of Paleontology

Pterois volitans
UCMP specimen card
ID: 2222 0804 0008 0043 [detail]
© University of California Museum of Paleontology

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Firefish/lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 1005 0775 [detail]
Lovell and Libby Langstroth
© 2005 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 0306 0931 [detail]
Lovell and Libby Langstroth
© 2006 California Academy of Sciences

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Firefish
ID: 0000 0000 0406 1492 [detail]
© 2006 Richard Lang

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 0606 0754 [detail]
© 2006 John White

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 0606 0756 [detail]
© 2006 John White

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 1106 1020 [detail]
© 2006 Tammy Ward

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Red Lionfish
ID: 0000 0000 0208 1800 [detail]
© 2008 Maik Dobiey

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Pterois volitans (Linnaeus , 1758)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Pteroinae
Etymology: Pterois: Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on author: Linnaeus .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 55 m (Ref. 30874 ).   Tropical; 22°C - 28°C; 43°N - 40°S, 95°E - 130°W (Ref. 55292 )

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Pacific Ocean: Cocos-Keeling Islands and Western Australia (Ref. 27362 ) in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Marquesas and Oeno (Pitcairn group), north to southern Japan and southern Korea, south to Lord Howe Island, northern New Zealand, and the Austral Islands. Replaced by the very similar Pterois miles from the Red Sea to Sumatra.

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Maturity: L m   ? , range 16 - ? cm
Max length : 38.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334 ); max. reported age: 10 years (Ref. 72479 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-12; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : 6 - 8. Scales cycloid (Ref. 37816 ). Variable in color, usually in relation to habitat. Coastal species generally darker, sometimes almost black in estuaries. Often with large tentacles above eyes (Ref. 48635 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabit lagoon and seaward reefs from turbid inshore areas to depths of 50 m. Often solitary, they hide in unexposed places at daytime often with head down and practically immobile. Pelagic juveniles expatriate over great distances and the reason for their broad geographical range (Ref. 48635 ). Hunt small fishes, shrimps, and crabs at night, using its widespread pectorals trapping prey into a corner, stunning it and then swallowing it in one sweep. Dorsal spines are venomous; the sting can be treated by heating the afflicted part and application of corticoids (Ref. 5503 ). A popular table fish.

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Myers, R.F. , 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744 )

  Least Concern (LC)  ; Date assessed: 03 March 2015

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Venomous (Ref. 1602 )




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 22.4 - 29, mean 27.9 (based on 756 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00417 - 0.01737), b=3.11 (2.92 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  4.4   ±0.4 se; Based on diet studies. Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   High .

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