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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) 
AphiaID: 159559

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorChordata (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorVertebrata (Subphylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGnathostomata (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPisces (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorActinopterygii (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScorpaeniformes (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScorpaenidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPterois (Genus)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Typetaxon of  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPterois Oken, 1817
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPterois Oken, 1817
Synonymised
names
  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGasterosteus volitans Linnaeus, 1758
Sources  basis of record Fishbase, available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]

[show all]
Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorturkeyfishUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorred lionfishUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorlionfish  [details]
Environment marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Distribution 
From regional or thematic species database
Caribbean Sea
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorBelizean part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorCaribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorCayman Islands part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorColombian part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorCosta Rican part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorCuban part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorDominican Republic part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorHaitian part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorHonduran part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorJamaican part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorMexican part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorPanamanian part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorVenezuelan part of the Caribbean Sea (introduced: alien[details]
Gulf of Mexico
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorGulf of Mexico (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorMexican part of the Gulf of Mexico (introduced: alien[details]
Mexico
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorMexico (introduced: alien[details]
North Atlantic Ocean
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorBahamas part of the North Atlantic Ocean (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorCuban part of the North Atlantic Ocean (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorDominican part of the North Atlantic Ocean (introduced: alien[details]
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorNorth Atlantic (introduced: alien[details]
North Sea
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorNorth Sea (introduced: alien[details]
United States
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorUnited States (introduced: alien[details]
From other sources
Kenya
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorKenya [details]
Mozambique
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMozambique [details]
North Atlantic Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorth West Atlantic [details]
Red Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRed Sea [details]
Republic of Mauritius
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMauritius [details]
Seychelles
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSeychelles [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNew Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Host of  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTaeniacanthus pteroisi Shen, 1957 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorColobomatus pteroisi Madinabeitia, Tang & Nagasawa, 2013 (parasitic: endoparasitic)
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life (74 barcodes) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (163 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo FishBase 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank (97 nucleotides; 38 proteins) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
Notes 
From regional or thematic species database
Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species abundance in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) :  [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species abundance in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Common [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species abundance in North Atlantic Ocean (IHO Sea Area) : Fluctuating [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species abundance in Honduran part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Common [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species abundance in Mexican part of the Gulf of Mexico (Marine Region) : Common [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in United States (Nation) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in Mexican part of the Gulf of Mexico (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in United States (Nation) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in Mexican part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in Dominican Republic part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in Colombian part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Consumes native species (predator or herbivore) [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in Cayman Islands part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species impact in Bahamas part of the North Atlantic Ocean (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species management in Venezuelan part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : yes [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species management in Mexican part of the Gulf of Mexico (Marine Region) : yes [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species management in Cayman Islands part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : yes [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species population trend in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) :  [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species population trend in Caribbean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Increasing [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species remark in Colombian part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Range expansion [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species remark in Mexico (Nation) : The data indicates that the species is established in this location. [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced 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]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced 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]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species vector dispersal in Mexican part of the Gulf of Mexico (Marine Region) : Individual release: accidental release by individuals (e.g. aquarium discards) [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species vector dispersal in Mexican part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Individual release: deliberate release by individuals [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species vector dispersal in Colombian part of the Caribbean Sea (Marine Region) : Individual release: deliberate release by individuals [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced species vector dispersal in Mexico (Nation) : Natural dispersal [details]

Trusted: edited by a thematic editorIntroduced 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]

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription 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]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDiet fishes, shrimps, crabs [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDimensions max. 380 mm TL [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Indo-West Pacific; exotic established New York to Florida [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat benthic [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat reef-associated, depth range 2 - 55 m; inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs from turbid inshore areas maximum depth [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorImportance aquarium trade, commercial, venomous [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTaxonomy introduced [details]
Images Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editor[show unreviewed]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:159559
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
2005-05-30 09:27:08Z  created  Cuvelier, Daphne
2008-01-15 17:27:08Z  changed  Bailly, Nicolas
2008-04-07 06:51:33Z  changed  Decock, Wim
2009-06-09 07:13:02Z  changed  Bailly, Nicolas
  
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  Citation: Bailly, N. (2014). Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758). In: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2014) FishBase. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=159559 on 2014-08-21
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