Where are lionfish native to?
What Are Lionfish:
Lionfish can be quite beautiful, with tan dots and long spines swaying in the ocean current. However, lionfish are poisonous and their spines produce venom used to stun prey and ward off predators. Although these tropical fish sometimes do sting humans, the venom is usually not fatal.
Answer and Explanation:
Lionfish are native to the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. However, in recent years lionfish have become an invasive species and have spread to tropical oceans all over the world. Many people keep lionfish as an aquarium pet, but were released or found their way into native oceans. In these new habitats the lionfish has no natural predator and their population quickly grew out of control, competing with native fish species for resources.
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fromChapter 4 / Lesson 261
A lionfish is a kind of poisonous fish that lives in warm ocean water. In this lesson you will learn about lionfish, where they live, what they eat and some cool facts about these fish.