Pterois volitans (Linnaeus) (ITIS)
Lionfish, lion fish, zebrafish, firefish, turkeyfish, red lionfish, butterfly cod, ornate butterfly-cod, peacock lionfish, red firefish, scorpion volitans
Western Pacific Ocean (NAS Database)
1980s (Morris and Whitfield 2009)
Aquarium trade (Morris and Whitfield 2009)
Preys on native species; has venomous spines (Morris and Whitfield 2009)
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State and Local Government
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Pterois volitans. [Accessed Sep 19, 2023].
Morris, J.A. and P.E. Whitfield. 2009. Biology, Ecology, Control and Management of the Invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish: An Updated Integrated Assessment. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 99). NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research.
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Fact Sheet - Lionfish. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Sep 19, 2023].