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An image of a lionfish swimming


The Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) a native to the Indo- Pacific, is an invasive species here in the United States and the Caribbean. These red-white-brown banded fish have venomous spikes on their fins that when expanded give them a lion's mane appearance. Having no known natural predators, eating as many fish as they can fit into their large mouths, means their populations are exploding and causing serious ecological impacts on the native reef fishes. The FWC encourages them to be harvested to help with their invasive spread. Once their fins are cut off they can be cleaned and eaten. Dangerous in nature, this beautiful but deadly predator is best seen in bronze.

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