WoRMS taxon details

Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

159559  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:159559)

accepted
Species
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
(ofGasterosteus volitans Linnaeus, 1758) Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/10277#page/3/mode/1up [details]   
Description Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs from turbid inshore areas to depths of over 50 m. Hides in unexposed places at daytime...  
Description Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs from turbid inshore areas to depths of over 50 m. Hides in unexposed places at daytime often with head down and practically immobile. Hunts small fishes, shrimps, and crabs at night, using its widespread pectorals trapping prey into a corner, stunning it and then swallowing it in one sweep. Dorsal spines are venomous; the sting can be treated by heating the afflicted part and application of corticoids (Ref. 5503). A popular table fish. [details]

Distribution Indo-West Pacific; exotic established New York to Florida  
Distribution Indo-West Pacific; exotic established New York to Florida [details]

Taxonomy introduced  
Taxonomy introduced [details]
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2018). FishBase. Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=159559 on 2018-06-18
Date
action
by
2005-05-30 09:27:08Z
created
2008-01-15 17:27:08Z
changed
2008-04-07 06:51:33Z
changed
2009-06-09 07:13:02Z
changed

Creative Commons License The webpage text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License


original description  (ofGasterosteus volitans Linnaeus, 1758) Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/10277#page/3/mode/1up [details]   

basis of record Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2018). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

additional source King, C.M.; Roberts, C.D.; Bell, B.D.; Fordyce, R.E.; Nicoll, R.S.; Worthy, T.H.; Paulin, C.D.; Hitchmough, R.A.; Keyes, I.W.; Baker, A.N.; Stewart, A.L.; Hiller, N.; McDowall, R.M.; Holdaway, R.N.; McPhee, R.P.; Schwarzhans, W.W.; Tennyson, A.J.D.; Rust, S.; Macadie, I. (2009). Phylum Chordata: lancelets, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 431-554. [details]   

additional source Liu J.Y. [Ruiyu] (ed.). (2008). Checklist of marine biota of China seas. China Science Press. 1267 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). , available online at http://www.itis.gov [details]   

basis of record  (ofGasterosteus volitans Linnaeus, 1758) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2018). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

context source (HKRMS) Hong Kong marine fish database. AFCD. , available online at http://www.hk-fish.net/eng/database/index.htm [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien  Type locality 
 

From regional or thematic species database
Introduced species abundance in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) :  [details]

Introduced species abundance in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Common [details]

Introduced species abundance in North Atlantic Ocean (IHO Sea Area) : Fluctuating [details]

Introduced species abundance in Honduran part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Common [details]

Introduced species impact in United States part of the North Atlantic Ocean (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species impact in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Consumes native species (predator or herbivore) [details]

Introduced species impact in Dominican Republic part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species impact in Mexican part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species impact in Virgin Islands part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species impact in Bahamas part of the North Atlantic Ocean (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species impact in Cayman Islands part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species management in Venezuelan part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : yes [details]

Introduced species management in Cayman Islands part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : yes [details]

Introduced species population trend in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) :  [details]

Introduced species population trend in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Increasing [details]

Introduced species remark In Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Likely introduction via aquarium trade to coastal waters of SE Florida in mid-late 1980s (Semmens et al. 2004 in Albins, 2013). Rapid range expansion through tropical & subtropical West Atlantic Ocean & Caribbean Sea since early 2000s (Schofield, 2009, 2010 in Albins, 2013). Reaches much higher densities than in native range and may prove to be one of the most damaging marine invasions to date (Albins, 2013). Since the first record in 2009, the presence of juvenile & adult lionfish has been confirmed in all coastal areas along the Mexican Caribbean (R. Gomez, CONANP, pers. comm. in Vasques-Yeomans et al., 2011) [details]

Introduced species remark In Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : This study reported the presence of lionfish larva from ichthyoplankton in the Atlantic Ocean and highlights the potential for dispersal of lionfish larvae via the Yucatan current into the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Florida.  [details]

Introduced species remark in Mexico (Nation) : The data indicates that the species is established in this location. [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Mexican part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Individual release: deliberate release by individuals [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Natural dispersal
originally dispersal mechanism in the region likely to be accidental release by individuals (e.g. Aquarium discards) [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Mexico (Nation) : Natural dispersal [details]

From other sources
Description Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs from turbid inshore areas to depths of over 50 m. Hides in unexposed places at daytime often with head down and practically immobile. Hunts small fishes, shrimps, and crabs at night, using its widespread pectorals trapping prey into a corner, stunning it and then swallowing it in one sweep. Dorsal spines are venomous; the sting can be treated by heating the afflicted part and application of corticoids (Ref. 5503). A popular table fish. [details]

Diet fishes, shrimps, crabs [details]

Dimensions max. 380 mm TL [details]

Distribution Indo-West Pacific; exotic established New York to Florida [details]

Habitat benthic [details]

Habitat reef-associated, depth range 2 - 55 m; inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs from turbid inshore areas maximum depth [details]

Importance aquarium trade, commercial, venomous [details]

Taxonomy introduced [details]
 

LanguageName 
English turkeyfishred lionfishlionfish  [details]
Japanese ハナミノカサゴ  [details]