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are a type of scorpionfish, from the family Scorpaenidae
are native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans
are popular aquarium fish, often kept as pets
are an invasive species in Bermuda
were released, accidentally or deliberately, into the Atlantic in the 1980's
have invaded the Eastern US, Bermuda, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico
are indiscriminate predators feeding on 70 different species of fish and crustaceans
have no natural predators in the Atlantic and prey do not recognize them as a threat
have 18 venomous spines
are sexually mature in approximately 1 year
each female can release over 2 million eggs in a single year
Lionfish in Bermuda
were first recorded in April 2001, but the individual was actually caught the summer before in a tide pool in Devonshire Bay
are found in very shallow water and down to depths greater than 250 ft
have been reported in all sizes, from juveniles about 4 inches in length to the world record, nearly 19 inches, that was caught in Bermuda.
Image taken from NOAA and modified
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