Pterois volitans (Linnaeus) (ITIS)
Lionfish, lion fish, zebrafish, firefish, turkeyfish, red lionfish, butterfly cod, ornate butterfly-cod, peacock lionfish, red firefish, scorpion volitans
Western Pacific Ocean (NAS Database)
1980s (Morris and Whitfield 2009)
Aquarium trade (Morris and Whitfield 2009)
Preys on native species; has venomous spines (Morris and Whitfield 2009)
California Academy of Sciences.
Since arriving to the northern Atlantic Ocean less than 30 years ago, lionfish have quickly become one of the most widespread and voracious invasive species, negatively impacting marine ecosystems—particularly coral reefs—from the northeast coast of the United States to the Caribbean Islands. In a new study, an international research team including the California Academy of Sciences presents four new records of lionfish off the coast of Brazil, confirming the invasion of the predatory fish into the South Atlantic for the first time.
Institute of Marine Affairs (Trinidad and Tobago).
Citizens with an avid interest in environmental matters will be able to 'sea' their environmental reports using mobile technology. The first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, the Institute of Marine Affairs' new Integrated Environmental Incident Software Platform and mobile application, called the Lionfish SeaiTT, allows users to report environmental incidents with the touch of a button. The development of this mobile application was part of a 2014 Green Fund project entitled 'Control and Management of the Invasive Lionfish in Trinidad and Tobago' which aimed to raise awareness on the arrival of the marine invasive species, the lionfish, Pterios volitans, to the territorial waters around Trinidad and Tobago, and the imminent threat the species pose to domestic marine ecosystems.
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
Google. YouTube; National Geographic.
Google. YouTube; VICE News.
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Council or Task Force
Preventing a LIONfish invasion in the MEDiterranean through early response and targeted REmoval.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).
DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
DOC. NOAA. Fisheries.
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.
DOC. NOAA. National Ocean Service.
State and Local Government
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #SGEF 208
University of Florida. Florida Sea Grant.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Pterois volitans. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
- Morris, J.A. and P.E. Whitfield. 2009. Biology, Ecology, Control and Management of the Invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish: An Updated Integrated Assessment. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 99). NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research.
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Fact Sheet - Lionfish. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Sep 16, 2014].