Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Photographer: 
Laura Sanchez Peregrin
Date: 
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
16m
Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
17m
Additional Notes: 

Colour variation and sub adult phase shown here.

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Common name: Common Lionfish
Distribution:

Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Pacific Ocean: Cocos-Keeling Islands and Western Australia, east to the Pitcairn group, north to southern Japan and southern Korea, south to Lord Howe Island, northern New Zealand and the Austral Islands. In Australia recorded from Perth in Western Australia, across the tropical north including the Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait and the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, south to around Sydney in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents lagoon and seaward reefs, including turbid inshore waters. Usually in gutters, caves or overhangs, rarely seen in mid water. Depth to 50 m.

Additional Notes:

Variable in colour from a dark red through brown to almost black, with flag like membranes on extended pectoral fin rays and on dorsal spines. Often solitary and usually easily approached underwater adopting a head on defensive attitude. Poisonous spines may inflict extremely painful wound. Feeds on invertebrates and small fish which it traps into a corner with its widespread pectoral fins. Sub adult shown in middle photograph. Grows to 38 cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.76.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Pterois+volitans. Accessed 05/07/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Pterois-volitans.html. Accessed 05/07/18.