Lionfish, variously known as turkey fish, dragon fish and scorpion fish, are a kind of striped fish found in the waters of the Indo-Pacific regions. Nowadays, they are located in the east coasts of the US too, although it is still unknown as to how they reach that zone.
There are a number of lionfish that fall under the genera Pterois, Ebosia, Dendrochirus and Brachypterois of the Scorpaenidae family. They can be lethal as the fins they have possess sharp needle-like spines, which injects a fatal poison contained in them into their enemies. This poison is so toxic that lionfish is thought to be one of the most poisonous fish on Earth. However, this weapon is used by a lionfish for defensive purpose. To prey on its own, it depends on its ability to camouflage with the surroundings and lightening fast reflexes.
The main preys of a lionfish comprise of shrimps, fish and crabs. They do not go after their prey. Using their camouflage ability, they wait for their prey to come to them unknowingly and simply gulp them down. These increased attacking skills are the reason behind their growing population which is now becoming a cause of worry with the Americans. They believe that this will pose as a threat to the local marine lives as well as to the human beings, living in the coastal areas. But even then, human beings of some countries are not scared of the lionfish as they are used as a delicacy by the people of those places. But their stunning looks make them the ideal catch for keeping in aquariums.
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