Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fu Manchu Lionfish

Fun with fish!

Known as: Nemapterois Biocellata, Scorpionfishes, Twospot Lionfish, Twospot Turkeyfish, Two-eyed Lionfish, Double-Ocellated Scorpionfish, Ocellated Lionfish, Fu Manchu Lionfish and Fu Manchu Lion.

Found singly on shallow reef flats and caves usually only at night.
A very secretive Lionfish.
They feed on fish and crustaceans.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 3-50m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Lionfish can be found during the day, hovering above the ground, in caves or crevices, often upside down. At night they are out in the open hunting.
When disturbed they raise their feathery fins as a warning and will usually move off out of harms way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed.
The Lionfish is one of the most venomous fish on the ocean bottom floor. Lionfish have venomous dorsal spines that are used purely for defense. When threatened, the fish often faces its attacker in a head-down posture which brings its spines to bear. However, a Lionfish's sting is usually not fatal to humans. If a human is stung, that person will experience extreme pain, and possibly headaches, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.  That could be tough if you're under water.

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