Frillfin Turkeyfish (Pterois mombasae)

Also known as African Lionfish, Deepwater Firefish, Firefish, Lionfish, Mombasa Lionfish, Turkeyfish

Description

Also known as African Lionfish, Deepwater Firefish, Firefish, Lionfish, Mombasa Lionfish, Turkeyfish.

Found singly or in small schools over soft muddy bottoms rich with invertebrate growth especially sponges and rubble in deep offshore reefs, hiding during the day dispersing at night hunting for food.
They feed nocturnally on small crustaceans and fish.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 10-70m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Lionfish can be found during the day, hovering above the ground, in caves or crevices, often upside down. At night they are out in the open hunting.
When disturbed they raise their feathery fins as a warning and will usually move off out of harms way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed.
Their beautiful feathery pectoral and Dorsal Fins are highly venomous. Ref: https://www.fishbase.de/summary/10288

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