Interesting Lionfish Facts

in #marinebiology2 years ago

As a third year Marine Biology student, I've had the priviledge of learning about this magnificent creature, Pterois species.
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I would like to share with you some facts I've learnt about Pterois species, better know as Lionfish.

1-Lionfish entice smaller prey by their feathery pectoral fins.This in addition to the fishe's coloration keeps predators away.

2-There are up to eighteen venemous spines on the back of the lionfish. These spines are utilised primarily as a self defence mechanism, not for hunting.

3-Lionfish species are more on the small side and vary from species to species. The largest size of any recorded lionfish is 13 inches.

4-Lionfish is a strict carnivore, they only eat meat!

5-The lionfish doesn't have many natural predators but its three main predators are eels, large fish and humans.

6-The reproduction rate of lionfish is insanely high which directly impacts the development of reefs and other marine environments. Over 30 000 eggs are released by females weekly.
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Lionfish are termed invasive fishes because of the havoc they reap on marine environments. Since the release of a fee species from the Florida coast, they have populating the that entire coast and have worked their way doen through the Caribbean.

All is not lost, us humans can do derbies (fish catching competitions) and also consume them to limit their impact on the environement.
Don't worry they are safe to consume, once you follow the right proceedure.
They might be pretty fishes but they are quite a nuisance.

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I recently saw a documentary about these fishes. But they called them something like "Firefish" I think. Maybe belongs to the family of lionfish. It was a similar story that they overpopulated and now are hunted by humans. They even train sharks to eat them to get rid of them. LoL.
Hive has a community about Birds, a community about sealife should be created.

Lol
Indeed Hive needs a Marine Life community