Species Details

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Zebra lionfish   

Common Name: Zebra lionfish
Scientific Name: Dendrochirus zebra
Local Name: Kanfaiykuda fanhaamas
Dhivehi Name: ކަންފަތްކުޑަ ފަންހާމަސް
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Scorpaenidae  (Family)
Dendrochirus   (Genus)

Zebra lionfish's description

The zebra turkeyfish is an unusual looking fish with vertical stripes in orange, white and black on the body, and large, banded fan-like pectoral fins that flare out on either side as the fish lies on the seabed. The front dorsal fin is made up of thirteen tall, quill-like spines and the second dorsal fin has ten to eleven soft rays. The anal fin has three spines and about ten soft rays. The second dorsal fin, the anal fin and the rounded caudal fin are transversely banded in black and white. This fish grows to a maximum length of about 25 cm (10 in).

Zebra lionfish's facts

This member of the scorpionfish family has thirteen venomous spines along its back, used to defend itself. These spines are connected with a clear film-like membrane. These fish are slow-moving and peaceful, but can be dangerous. They have a habit of resting in places hidden from light such as under a rock or a piece of coral. All lionfish are immune to each other's venom and all are solitary fish.

Zebra lionfish's Feeding

The zebra lionfish feeds on small crustaceans, and is in turn preyed upon by groupers.

Zebra lionfish habitat

Dendrochirus zebra is a marine, reef-associated species, normally found on coral or other rocky substrates of reef flats, in addition to being encountered in lagoons and caves in small groups (Lieske and Myers 1994).  During the pelagic stage of its life cycle, D. zebra travel large distances and ends up in sub-tropical areas (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). This species has a maximum standard length of 20 centimeters (Poss 1999).

Zebra lionfish threats

There are no known major threats to this species.

Zebra lionfish's status