Interesting facts about Lionfish:
- spines can deliver a venomous sting.
- use their fan-like pectoral fins to “corner” their prey.
- Female Lionfish can lay approximately 2 million eggs per year.
- Lionfish can survive for up to 15 years.
- can survive in waters 50 degrees, however, strive in warm waters like the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean.
- Lionfish have been found in depths from 1 to 300 feet on a hard sandy bottom, mangroves, coral, and artificial reefs like wrecks.
- A lionfish is capable of eating 80% of the young reef fish on coral reefs within just five weeks.
- Lionfish can grow to adult size in about two years.
- swim slowly, using their dorsal and anal fins to move them forward.
- Lionfish are generally nocturnal, meaning they prefer to hunt at night.
- An adult can grow as large as 18 inches and sometimes more.
- consume over 50 species, including some economically and ecologically important species.
- are often seen moving about during the day, alone and in small groups.
- Participate in Lionfish derbies
- Culling by divers are effective means of controlling lionfish populations.
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