Volitans Lionfish

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Description of the Volitans Lionfish
The Volitans Lionfish is an extremely popular and beautiful marine aquarium fish due to its coloring and long feather like fins. It is also known as the Common Lionfish, Butterfly Cod, Red Lionfish, Red Firefish and Turkeyfish. They have venomous spines used for defence but can cause headaches, vomiting and breathing problems to humans.

Popular Name: Volitans Lionfish
Species: Pterois volitans

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This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Volitans Lionfish species.

  • Size: Up to 35cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.2-8.4 Temp 22-28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Ghost Shrimp, Krill, Fresh Seafood

  • Temperament: Will eat smaller fish and shrimps!

  • Behaviour: Not an active fish, swims slowly around the tank

  • Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean

 

Scientific Classification of the Volitans Lionfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Pterois volitans

  • Popular Name: Volitans Lionfish - Common Lionfish - Butterfly Cod - Red Lionfish - Red Firefish - Turkeyfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Scorpaeniformes

  • Family: Scorpaenidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Volitans Lionfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Volitans Lionfish slimy?
Volitans Lionfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Volitans Lionfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

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Why do Volitans Lionfish have gills?
Gills enable the Volitans Lionfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Volitans Lionfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Volitans Lionfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Volitans Lionfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Volitans Lionfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Volitans Lionfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Volitans Lionfish

Volitans Lionfish

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Volitans Lionfish slimy?

  • Why do the Volitans Lionfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Volitans Lionfish have fins?

  • Species: Pterois volitans

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