The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely defensive. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimp. A sting from a lionfish is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal.
Scientific Name: Pterois volitans
Origin: Caribbean, Indonesia, Vanuatu
Lifespan: 15 years
Max Size: 15 inches
Food: live fish and shrimp