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Jan 11, 2011


A Lionfish is one of several species of venomous marine fish in the genera Pterois, Parapterois, Brachypterois, Ebosia or Dendrochirus, from the family Scorpaenidae. Lionfish is also known as Turkey Fish, or Fish Scorpion Fire. They are known for their spines are very long and separated, and have a generally striped appearance, red, green, green, navy, brown, orange, yellow, black, maroon, or white.
NOAA encourages all people (divers and fishermen) to be very careful and avoid contact with the spines are venomous Lionfish. Usually, Lionfish are not aggressive toward humans and will almost always keep their distance when given the chance, so they generate a relatively low risk. In addition, their sting is not lethal, but they are very painful.

Lionfish have venomous dorsal spines used for defense. When threatened, the fish in the attacker's face upside-down posture that brought thorn to bear. However, Lionfish sting is not fatal to humans. If humans are poisonous, that person will experience extreme pain, and possibly headaches, vomiting, and shortness of breath. A common treatment is soaking the area suffered in hot water, because the hospital is very little to bring treatments.However specific, immediate emergency medical treatment is still recommended, as some people are more vulnerable to toxins than others.

Lionfish are voracious predators. They do not use their backs to catch prey, just for protection from their predators. When hunting, they corner prey using large fins and then use their quick reflexes to swallow the prey. They hunt primarily from dusk to dawn. In captivity, Lionfish can be trained to eat frozen krill and Mysis.

Lionfish has very few natural predators, but the grouper and other fish have been found with the Lionfish is in their bellies.


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