Lion fish.

By: Leah and Vanessa

Lion fish common name.

Clear-fin Lion Fish

Scientific name.

pterois.

Fish habitat.

Lion fish are native to the warm, tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. This fishes cover a very large are from Australia, Malaysia east, Japan and South Korean. They have been found in in Water depths, seagrass, coral and artificial reefs.
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Features.

Lion fish coloration is a warning to potential predators. The tip of their spikes are poisonous. they have a large mouth for swallowing their prey whole. The tentacles are also believed to serve a role in the selection of a mate for reproduction. The lion fish show the presence of appendages around the eyes and the head. the appendages help to conceal the features which is to help the fish be able to camouflage better, and make itself invisible to prey. the swim bladder is an organ in the fish's body that is filled with air. it allows the fish to control its buoyancy. the swim bladder of lion fish allows it to control its center of gravity, this effect helps the fish to sink or rise in a water column.

Fish Adaptations.

The lion fish has one adaptation is its red and white striped coloring across its body.This adaptation help him while he is in his habitat because the lion fish like to reside in coral reefs and the coloration of its body it is a camouflage that helps to capture preys and protection from predators.

Another adaptation of the lion fish is its venom grands located at the fin spines. The venom is as toxic as the snake or stingray. This adaptation is not for capturing prey, but use against predators. (humans is on of the predators too.)

Fun facts.

Lionfish reproduce at incredible high rate. Female can release 30 000 eggs every 7 days. Because of that, lionfish easily occupy new habitats and outnumber native species.

When the food sources are scarce, lionfish will attack and eat members of its own species. This phenomenon is called cannibalism.

Getting stung by a lionfish