Red Lionfish Pterois volitans


Red lionfish are a venomous coral reef fish. The venom of the lionfish is delivered from an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins but is purely defensive. Master camouflage and quick reflexes make it an efficient hunter.

Lionfish prey on fish and shrimp.
Red lionfish are native to the reefs of the Indo-Pacific but have become invasive in many warm ocean habitats worldwide.

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Lionfish are a species that has become invasive in the Caribbean and along the east coast after pet lionfish were released in the ocean by their owners. Riverbanks encourages our guests to be responsible pet owners and to never release exotic species into the wild.

Visit the red lionfish in the Aquarium & Reptile Conservation Center.