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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