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Dwarf lionfish
Pterois ocele dendotrichus biocellatus.jpg
Twospot Turkeyfish (D. biocellatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Scorpaenidae
Subfamily: Pteroinae
Genus: Dendrochirus
Swainson, 1839
Type species
Pterois zebra
G. Cuvier, 1829

Dendrochirus is a genus of scorpionfishes that are mostly known as dwarf lionfishes. They are native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. The Fu Manchu, Dwarf Zebra, and Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish are members of this genus. They are also popular aquarium fish.


There are currently six recognized species in this genus:[1][2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Dendrochirus in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  2. ^ a b Matsunuma, M. & Motomura, H. (2013): A new lionfish of the genus Dendrochirus (Scorpaenidae: Pteroinae) from the Tuamotu Archipelago, South Pacific Ocean. Species Diversity, 18 (1): 1-7.