12-15 Inches in length
About 2.5 Pounds
(Larger in invasive habitats)
Lionfish are carnivorous, feeding mainly on crustaceans and fish
Wild Lifespan: Unknown
Captivity Lifespan: Approx. 10 years
HABITAT & RANGE
Native to the Indo-Pacific
Invasive off the East Coast of the United States & the Caribbean
As a result of human error in the late 1980s, a handful of lionfish slipped undetected into Atlantic waters off the coast of Florida.
In less than 40 years the lionfish has completely taken over the Atlantic, from Brazil to Boston to
Barcelona, destroying native fish populations and coral reefs.