|Pterois miles - common lionfish|
(J. W. Bennett, 1828)
Pterois miles is known as the common lionfish or devil firefish. It is frequently confused with its close relative, the red lionfish (Pterois volitans).
The common lionfish grows up to 35 cm in length. It varies in colour from reddish to tan or grey, and has a feathery dorsal fin and wing-like pectoral fins. Its head is less angular than that of P. volitans. The name is from Greek "pteron", wing, and Latin "miles", soldier.
P. miles is native to the Indian Ocean, from the Red Sea, to South Africa, and to Indonesia; it is also known in eastern Mediterranean. It is very similar in appearance to P. volitans, which does not occur in the Red Sea, and it has recently been reported in the South Eastern Mediterranean sea, near Cyprus. Because of the current elections at the island, it has been dubbed the "tasaki" (ashtray) fish.
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The fin spines are highly venomous and can be dangerous to humans.
Common lionfish near Dunraven wreck (Red Sea)
Pterois miles near Marsa Alam (Red Sea)
Common lionfish at Sataya reef (Red Sea)
Common lionfish at Shaab Angosh reef (Red Sea)
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