Pterois

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Pterois
Pterois antennata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Scorpaenidae
Subfamily: Pteroinae
Genus: Pterois
Oken, 1817

Pterois, also known as lionfish, is a genus of venomous marine fish found mostly in the Indo-Pacific.

Pterois is characterized by warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins and venomous spiky fin rays.[1] Pterois are classified into a number of different species, but Pterois radiata, Pterois volitans and Pterois miles are the most commonly studied. Pterois are popular aquarium fish and are readily utilized in the culinary world.[1]

Pterois are about 2.44in to 16.69in  cm with typical adults measuring 14.96in  cm. They weigh an average of 1.05 lbs.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Geographic. "Lionfish". http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/lionfish/.
  2. Whitfield P.E. et al 2006. Abundance estimates of the Indo-Pacific lionfish Pterois volitans/miles complex in the Western North Atlantic. Biological Invasions. 9(1):53–64.