This beautiful Lion fish in an aquarium of at Monte Carlo, Monaco
General Information on the Lionfish
There are several different types of lionfish as they belong to a number of poisonous marine fish of theScorpaenidaefamily. Some of the informal names for family members include scorpionfish, firefish, dragonfish, turkeyfish, and stingfish.
Lionfish have a vividly striped body with flamboyant long pectoral fins, and are native to the Indian Pacific oceanic region that extends from western Australia and Malaysia east to french Polynesia and the Pitcairn Islands. In addition, the range extends north to southern Japan and southern Korea, and south to parts of coastal Australia. Lionfish have also recently been discovered off the coast of Cozumel, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Belize, Roatan, Puerto Rico, and Cuba with reported sitings as of 2010. Due to their relatively recent introduction, lionfish have been spotted in the warmer coral regions of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, around the Azores, and extending into the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Caribbean Sea.
NOAA researchers have determined that lionfish reach sexual maturity within two years and spawn multiple times during each spawning season producing up to 30,000 eggs. They are believed to spend the winter from North Carolina to the Bahamas with juveniles found as far north as Rhode Island during the summer months. The largest species can grow up to 15 inches long, although an average length is about 1 foot. An adult lionfish can weigh up to 2.6 lbs. While many can be seen out in the open, just as many will hide under ledges and in small underwater caves. Divers hunting for lobster are highly at risk of being stung by the lionfish as they hide in the same typical locations as lobster. Their lifespan in the wild is around 15 years.
According to USGS, recent genetic work has revealed that the Atlantic population of lionfish are comprised primarily of Pterois volitans (red lionfish) with a smaller number of Pterois miles (devil firefish). The red lionfish have greatly elongated dorsal-fin spines, and the membranes of all fins are often spotted. The body is white or cream coloured with red to reddish-brown vertical stripes. The vertical stripes alternate from wide to very thin with the thin stripes being more numerous and sometimes merge along the flank to form a V-shape.
The closely-related species devil firefish are similar to the lionfish. The devil firefish are found primarily in Indian Ocean and Red Sea as opposed to the lionfish which are predominantly a Pacific species; however, its range extends to Sumatra which is a large island in the western part of Indonesia where the two species co-exist. Although they appear very similar to the lionfish, the devil firefish have fewer dorsal- and anal-fin rays. The devil firefish generally have 10 dorsal-fin rays and 6 anal-fin rays, whereas the lionfish usually have 11 dorsal-fin rays and 7 anal-fin rays.
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SWEETFREEDOM (24386) 2012-09-21 4:34
great colors and details. good light management.
mesutilgim (92308) 2012-09-21 4:37
Hello dear Barbara,
Something quite different in your gallery with perfect result.
The technical quality and notes, absoulutely at its best !
TFS and best regards
eldancer1 (35439) 2012-09-21 9:28
Beautiful lionfish! Nicely captured with good lighting and dof with nice details considering the condition. Love the colors. Well done, tfs.
tedesse (25135) 2012-09-21 10:46
Super kolory i ostrosc.
adramad (43095) 2012-09-21 11:23
A masterful work on the composition of this picture, stunning beauty of this fish, we sample with perfect sharpness and beautiful array of colors.
The POV is fabulous with the addition of the algae in the lower left corner, which adds a touch of beauty to the composition, awesome, blue water you've got.
A marvelous work, Ideal ... I love it.
Enjoy a happy weekend.
aliabazari (16093) 2012-09-21 12:28
Register nicely done. Fish is well separated from the background. Exposure and colors are very beautiful and eye catching.
raszid62 (18515) 2012-09-21 13:29
A już myślałem,że nurkowałaś na tropikalnej rafie. Ale to zdjęcie jak na fotografowanie przez szybe akwarium świetne, pewnie użyłaś filtra polaryzacyjnego, tak myśle - nie ma żadnych odbić.
Skrzydlica jest naprawdę przepiękną rybą , ale, uwaga, jest niebezpieczna, te kolce są trujące.
Cudne kolory i super jakość.
Fis2 (93727) 2012-09-21 13:39
Ciekawa ryba, robi wrazenie.
Dobry kadr i super kolorki.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-21 13:42
a beautiful portrait with attractive composition and splendid details, the colours and lights are very attractive, superb shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-09-21 16:02
The picture quality is amazing. The animal is spectacular. The colors, detail and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
pajaran (57897) 2012-09-21 21:52
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepa riba ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar snimak Lav ribe u akvarijumu.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice fish ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good footage Lion fish in the aquarium.
All the best.
Nicou (136032) 2012-09-21 22:45
merveilleus eiamge et compo sueprbe cpatage que poisson et ces couleur sueprbe tout est net on se croirait sous la mer. Merci.
Bravo et amitié
delpeoples (56722) 2012-09-21 23:24
Wow, what beautiful colours, the deep cobalt blue and golden tones are what initially attracted me to your photo. You did very well shooting (obviously) through thick glass and in low light. The details of the lion fish and your note are fascinating and most educational.
Great shot, have a beautiful day
vasilpro (41215) 2012-09-22 2:11
Wonderful photo with a beautiful fish, excellent light management and lovely colors!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-09-22 8:12
Ola Barbara ,
belo plano deste peixe Leăo , tem umas belas cores , parece bem perigoso com aqueles espinhos , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ikeharel (67121) 2012-09-22 8:35
An exquisite aquarium photo, Barbara.
First noticed are the magnificent colors, than the stunning fish, and after carfully looking I recon there is no glass-reflection.
Fine photojob, good light collected.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
mauro61 (52855) 2012-09-22 8:54
bellissima ripresa con una splendida resa dei colori.
SEmpre difficile eseguire immagini con animali in movimento, ma tu hai fatto tutto bene,
baddori (20113) 2012-09-22 14:50
Il grande acquario ed i poveri pesci.
Ambiente corallino e tropicale ottimamente presentato.
Silvio1953 (136585) 2012-09-24 10:25
Ciao Barbara, great capture of beautiful fish, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
claudeD (37252) 2012-09-29 9:35
very fine picture of this interesting lionfish. If I can remember from my last visit of the aquarium it is a very poisonous animal.Very impressive picture. I like it very much. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
jmdias (61236) 2012-10-19 17:48
I took many photos in this palce too but I didn't checked the card memory where they are yet.
very nice this one, all the beauty of the fish is presented and I liked the sharpness here. TFS.
dale54 (6964) 2012-12-10 11:53
very good job on this great shot barbara!wonderfull scene and amazing color too! tfs! dr
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (33737)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-30
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-21 4:21