The marine life of the Pacific region is full of extraordinary creatures and astonishing fish species. One of them is lionfish which is also known as dragonfish or scorpionsfish. Lionfish is scientifically known as Pterois and its ten subspecies have been discovered so far. Lionfish is a predator in nature and its prey includes smaller fish but it is also hurtful for the larger species. Lionfish falls in the venomous category of marine species, and thus lionfish, the venomous charm of Pacific is capable of being fatal to larger creatures. The natural habitats of the lionfish are the coastal waters around rocky crevices and coral reefs where there is the abundance of small fish and also safe and hidden places for the lionfish.
Lionfish or Pterois range in size from 6.2 to 42.4 cm with typical adults measuring 38 cm and weighing an average of 480 g. With a complicated mating behavior, the average age of lionfish is approximately 15 years. Female lionfish releases two mucus-filled egg clusters frequently, which can contain as many as fifteen thousand eggs. Some species of lionfish have enough venom to produce extreme discomfort for over a period of several days.
The lionfish group usually contains one male lionfish and a few female lionfish that he mates with. The male lionfish is highly territorial and protects the area in which by himself and his females live. Lionfish, the venomous charm of Pacific is very attractive for its abrasive body shape and it is very popular aquarium fish as well.