(G. Cuvier, 1829)
Zebra turkeyfish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific, Red Sea included. However, lionfishes have been found in the Atlantic Ocean as well, up to the coast of New York. This range is most likely a result of aquarists releasing their pets into the wild.
Zebra turkeyfish is up to 25 centimetres (9.8 in) in length. This member of the scorpion fish family has thirteen venomous spines along its back, used to defend itself. These spines are connected with a clear film-like membrane. These fish are slow-moving and peaceful, but can be dangerous. They have a habit of resting in places hidden from light such as under a rock or a piece of coral. All lionfish are immune to each other's poison and all are solitary fish. Despite their obvious advantage, zebra lionfish feed only on small crustaceans, and are in turn preyed upon by groupers.
It reaches a maximum 24 cm and inhabits tropical waters.
- Lieske, E. and R. Myers, 1994. Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p.
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