A small lionfish with the basic look and body shape common to lionfishes. An oviparous, or egg-laying, species. Primarily a nocturnal hunter, this fish will rest calmly in caves or under reef overhangs during the day. A member of the scorpionfish family, which includes some of the most venomous groups of fish.
  • Size

    Up to 6.7 inches (17 cm)
  • Diet

    Diet consists of small crustaceans and other invertebrates
  • Range

    Occurs in the Indo-West Pacific, from India and Sri Lanka east to Tonga, north to Japan and south to Australia
  • Habitat

    Found on coral and rocky reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • A small lionfish with the basic look and body shape common to lionfishes.
  • Alternating light and dark banding is more prominent and clearly defined on the pectoral fins and dorsal spines. One the body, the darker reddish brown bars tend to blend together. The fins toward the end of the body, including the caudal fin, become transparent in between striped bony rays.
  • Up to 6.7 inches (17 cm) in length.

Animal Fact

The dwarf fuzzy lionfish is a member of the scorpionfish family, which includes some of the most venomous groups of fish.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of small crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-West Pacific, from India and Sri Lanka east to Tonga, north to Japan and south to Australia.
  • Found on coral and rocky reefs, typically at depths to 262 feet (80 m).

Reproduction & Growth

  • An oviparous, or egg-laying, species.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Venomous; poison glands at base of some of its spines.
  • Primarily a nocturnal hunter, this fish will rest calmly in caves or under reef overhangs during the day.
  • Member of the scorpionfish family, which includes some of the most venomous groups of fish.

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