Lionfish: here’s the scoop
The lionfish has become an aquatic invader in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Considered an invasive species, the lionfish has a detrimental effect on native fish and crustacean populations.
There are twelve species of lionfish and the Zoo is home two species; red lionfish and common lionfish which reside inside Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs.
Shallow waters around coral reefs, caves or rocky areas
They consume more than 70 species of fish and many invertebrate species such as shrimp and crab
5 – 15 years
Did you know?
Lionfish are not poisonous, they are venomous. The difference between poison and venom is the method of delivery. Venom must be injected into the bloodstream to cause injury, such as through a sharp spine or fang, but is harmless if eaten.
Indian and Pacific Oceans
Widespread and abundant