28 photos - 4 species


 There are 5 genera and over twenty species.

Among the scorpion fish, the lionfish are the most spectacular.

They have very long dorsal fin rays and greatly enlarged pectoral fins.

All species have venomous spines and a sting causes extreme pain,

followed by numbness.

Depending on the species, they grow to between 12 and 40 centimetres in length.

Dendrochirus brachypterus

Dwarf lionfish, Short-finned turkeyfish, Shortspine rockcod

or Shortspine scorpionfish

 Maximum length: 17 cm

Depth: 2 - 30 metres

About 10 brown bands in the pectoral fin.

They are found in lagoons on reef tops, coastal reefs and in seagrass beds.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi

Photo 3 Astrid: Hurghada Egypt

Photo 4 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt

Dendrochirus zebra

Zebra turkeyfish or Zebra lionfish

 Maximum length: 20 cm

Depth: 3 - 80 m

Hardly differs from the dwarf lionfish, shorter fin rays divided pectoral fin rays.

Photos 1 - 5 Johnny: Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi

Pterois miles

Devil firefish or Common lionfish

Juvenile about 2 cm in size
Juvenile about 2 cm in size
 Juvenile about 2 cm in size
Juvenile about 2 cm in size

 Maximum length : 40 cm

Depth: 2 - 60 m

A widespread species.

Mostly solitary, but can also be seen in groups.

Photo 1 Astrid Bonaire Caribbean

Photo 2 Johnny: Bonaire Caribbean

Photo 3 Johnny: El Qesir Egypt

Photos 4 - 5 Astrid: Bangka Island North Sulawesi

Photos 6 - 7 Astrid: Hurghada Egypt

Photos 8 - 14 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt

Pterois radiata

Clearfin lionfish, Tailbar lionfish, Radiata lionfish, Fireworks fish

or Radial firefish


Maximum length: 24 cm

Depth: 3 - 30 m

A common species in the lagoons and outer reefs.

Eats mainly small crabs and shrimps.

Photos 1 + 3 - 5 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt

Photo 2 Johnny: Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi