Also known as Clearfin Lionfish, Largetail Turkeyfish, Lionfish, Plaintail Firefish, Plaintail Lionfish, Plaintail Turkeyfish, Red Volitans Lionfish, Russell's Firefish, Soldier Lionfish, Spotless Butterflycod, Spotless Firefish, Turkeyfish, Zebrafish.
Found singly or in family groups in muddy murky waters of shallow estuaries and also deep off-shore reefs.
They feed on small fish and invertebrates.
Spines have a frilly top, and are highly venomous
Length - 30cm
Depth - 5-60m
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.se/summary/Pterois-russelii