Pterois russelli

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Pterois russelli
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Scorpaenidae
Subfamily: Pteroinae
Genus: Pterois
Species: P. russelii
Binomial name
Pterois russelii
E. T. Bennett, 1831
  • Pterois geniserra Cuvier, 1829
  • P. kodipungi Bleeker, 1852

Pterois russelli, the soldier lionfish, plaintail turkeyfish, or Russell's lionfish, is a lionfish species native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean from the eastern part of Africa to the Persian Gulf. They grow up to 30 cm in length.[2] It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It is generally found in reefs. They can have as many as 26 spines. They have 13 dorsal spine, 10-12 dorsal soft rays, 3 anal spines, and 7-8 anal soft rays


  1. ^ Allen, Gerald R.; Erdmann, Mark V. (23 January 2008). "Pterois andover, a new species of scorpionfish (Pisces: Scorpaenidae) from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea" (PDF). aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology. Special Publication. 13 (3-4): 137. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2008). "Pterois russelli" in FishBase. December 2008 version.

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