Red Lionfish-Pterois-Deadly Bystander
Lionfish have red and white zebra stripes with long, showy pecotral fins.
Lionfish have become an invasive species in the western Atlantic. They are often found in warm marine waters of the tropics in hard bottom, mangrove, seagrass, coral, and artificial reefs.
Lionfish can reduce juvenile fish populations greatly. They also prey on over 50 species.
If you eliminate the lionfish, juvenile fish populations will begin to increase. Shrimp and crab, prey of the lionfish, will also grow in population, which is economically beneficial. The chance of a lionfish stinging humans in the area will decrease.