There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Lionfish is one of the most spectacular looking fish in the world. But, there might be some things that you didn’t know about the Lionfish. We have put together some of our favorite facts about them and what you need to know before you consider one. But first, I would like to go over the brief overview of the fish, and explain why it is such an interesting fish to begin with.
Reefs and rocky areas of the Indio-pacific waters is where the Lionfish calls home. They have however made their way to the eastern coast of the United States, although no one is really sure how they got there. The only real rumor as to why the fish got so very far from home is that aquarium owners released the fish and they started to propagate on the coast. Again, this is purely speculation though and has never been proven.
Here Comes The Facts
-The Lionfish is among the most poisonous fish in the world. They use their sharp needle-like blades to inject venom into a potential attacker.
-There are incredibly spectacular looking though, and they use their awesome colors to blend into the reefs that they may be using to find potential prey or hide from predators.
-There are several types of this fish, and they all belong to the family Scorpaenidae, which is extremely poisonous to say the least.
-The venom that comes from a Lionfish is purely used for defensive purposes only. They aren’t known to use it when they go after prey. Instead of using their venom for prey, they rely on the camouflage that they posses with the reef and rocks combined with their quick speed.
-Fish, shrimp, and crabs are what make up the majority of the diet associated with a Lionfish.
-They tend to hide during the night in small caves or ledges, and they hunt during the day.
-The lifespan of this fish is around 15 years if you go by the average. It may be more or less depending on the circumstances. They can also grow to 15 inches long as well, although the average length is 12 inches.
-The overall health and growth of the population of Lionfish is still going strong. Although this has some people worried that a poisonous fish is going to grow so quickly.