Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Red Lionfish [Watery Wednesday]

@ mirandablue
A family of red lionfish (Pterois volitans) gliding gracefully at the Georgia Aquarium.  They are beautifully banded and fascinating to watch.  But these attractive creatures are venomous, and although their stings are not deadly, the venom inflicts extreme pain.  Lionfish is a nocturnal coral reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific oceanic region.  They have 13 poisonous dorsal spines that are used purely for defense, and 14 long, feather-like pectoral rays.  They feed mostly on crustaceans and small fishes, which include juveniles of their own species.  While courting, males are particularly aggressive to intruders but are not usually aggressive towards humans.

@ mirandablue
Lionfish is not currently listed as threatened or endangered.  However, the increase in pollution in coral reefs is expected to kill many of the fish and crustaceans, which lionfish depend on.  (Source:  Animal Diversity Web)

@ mirandablue

Posted for Watery Wednesday

13 comments:

Bhupesh said...

a bit blurred but lovely ones!!

Bhupesh

RNSANE said...

They are most beautiful fish..though, it seems that beauty harbors a prett toxic creature!!

Marie said...

This is such an awesome and interesting fish. Marvellous to look at. I´ve had the luck to "swim into" one a couple of years ago in Egypt when snorkeling.

EG Wow said...

WOW! They sure are fancy fish!

Lina Gustina said...

Beautiful fish :)

It's not a hotel, Luna. The water feature is located inside Nusantara Flower Park.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Those fish are amazing. It's great that you allowed us to get up close and personal with them in your photos.

My Watery Wednesday Link

http://hootin--anni.blogspot.com/2011/02/foggy-mtn-breakdown.html

Icy BC said...

Those are cool looking fish! Beautiful colors on them..

Sanna said...

Beautiful!

Y. Ikeda said...

Great photos. I hope the quality of sea water in coral reefs will be improved. Or matured ones should stop a bad habit of cannibalism.
Thanks for sharing.

Kim, USA said...

It's beautiful!!
Watery Wednesday

Tricia said...

Lionfish are so cool... I love their delicate fins! So pretty! =)

jeannette said...

Awesome fins and tail!!

Hooked on Memes said...

These are fabulous looking fish. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.