Pterois volitans was reported from 67 countries/islands


Table 1: the species is currently present in 62 of them (endemic, native, introduced);
Table 2: possible in 5 of them (stray, questionable);
Table 3: absent from 0 of them (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error).
Table 4: all reports listed together.

Distribution: Pacific Ocean: Cocos-Keeling Islands and Western Australia (Ref. 27362) in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Marquesas and Oeno (Pitcairn group), north to southern Japan and southern Korea, south to Lord Howe Island, northern New Zealand, and the Austral Islands. Replaced by the very similar Pterois miles from the Red Sea to Sumatra.
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Table 1: Present in 62 countries/islands (endemic, native, introduced)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Oceania American Samoa ASM native 592
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 87596
North America Antigua Barbuda ATG introduced 87861
Oceania Australia AUS native 9002
North America Bahamas BHS introduced 79593
North America Belize BLZ introduced 87861
North America Bermuda BMU introduced 79593
South America Brazil BRA introduced 101459
Asia Cambodia KHM native 84750
North America Cayman Is. CYM introduced 85277
Asia China CHN native 45255
Asia Christmas I. CXR native 30874
Asia Cocos Is. (Keel) CCK native 9399
South America Colombia COL introduced 87861
Oceania Cook Is. COK native 34027
North America Costa Rica CRI introduced 85277
North America Cuba CUB introduced 85277
North America Curaçao I. CUW introduced 87861
North America Dominican Rp DOM introduced 85277
Oceania Fiji FJI native 13299
Oceania French Polynesia PYF native 1602
Oceania Guam GUM native 37816
North America Haiti HTI introduced 87861
North America Honduras HND introduced 85277
Asia Hong Kong HKG native 31075
Asia India IND native 45255
Asia Indonesia IDN native 5978
North America Jamaica JAM introduced 79593
Asia Japan JPN native 559
Oceania Kermadec Is. KMD native 8879
Asia Korea (North) PRK native 1602
Asia Korea (South) KOR native 77001
Oceania Lord Howe I. LHI native 37816
Asia Malaysia MYS native 1602
Oceania Marquesas Is. MQS native 1602
Oceania Marshall Is. MHL native 5439
North America Mexico MEX introduced 85277
Oceania Micronesia FSM native 3807
Oceania New Caledonia NCL native 9070
Oceania New Zealand NZL native 5755
North America Nicaragua NIC introduced 87861
Oceania Norfolk I. NFK native 8879
Oceania North Marianas MNP native 1602
Asia Ogasawara Is. OGW native 26066
Oceania Palau PLW native 37816
North America Panama PAN introduced 87861
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 6192
Asia Philippines PHL native 1602
Oceania Pitcairn PCN native 1602
North America Puerto Rico PRI introduced 59238
Asia Ryukyu Is. RYU native 45255
Oceania Samoa WSM native 592
Asia Taiwan TWN native 5193
Asia Thailand THA native 37773
Asia Timor-Leste TLS Native 118793
Oceania Tonga TON native 53797
North America Turks Caicos Is. TCA introduced 85277
North America USA USA introduced 49194
Oceania Vanuatu VUT native 13300
South America Venezuela VEN introduced 87861
Asia Viet Nam VNM native 2682
North America Virgin Is. (US) VIR introduced 87861

Table 2: Possible in 5 countries/islands (stray, questionable)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Asia Maldives MDV questionable 6113
Africa Mauritius MUS questionable 5503
Africa Mozambique MOZ questionable 57683
Africa Seychelles SYC questionable 1623
Asia Sri Lanka LKA questionable 10361

Table 4: Reported from 67 countries/islands.
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Oceania American Samoa ASM native 592
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 87596
North America Antigua Barbuda ATG introduced 87861
Oceania Australia AUS native 9002
North America Bahamas BHS introduced 79593
North America Belize BLZ introduced 87861
North America Bermuda BMU introduced 79593
South America Brazil BRA introduced 101459
Asia Cambodia KHM native 84750
North America Cayman Is. CYM introduced 85277
Asia China CHN native 45255
Asia Christmas I. CXR native 30874
Asia Cocos Is. (Keel) CCK native 9399
South America Colombia COL introduced 87861
Oceania Cook Is. COK native 34027
North America Costa Rica CRI introduced 85277
North America Cuba CUB introduced 85277
North America Curaçao I. CUW introduced 87861
North America Dominican Rp DOM introduced 85277
Oceania Fiji FJI native 13299
Oceania French Polynesia PYF native 1602
Oceania Guam GUM native 37816
North America Haiti HTI introduced 87861
North America Honduras HND introduced 85277
Asia Hong Kong HKG native 31075
Asia India IND native 45255
Asia Indonesia IDN native 5978
North America Jamaica JAM introduced 79593
Asia Japan JPN native 559
Oceania Kermadec Is. KMD native 8879
Asia Korea (North) PRK native 1602
Asia Korea (South) KOR native 77001
Oceania Lord Howe I. LHI native 37816
Asia Malaysia MYS native 1602
Asia Maldives MDV questionable 6113
Oceania Marquesas Is. MQS native 1602
Oceania Marshall Is. MHL native 5439
Africa Mauritius MUS questionable 5503
North America Mexico MEX introduced 85277
Oceania Micronesia FSM native 3807
Africa Mozambique MOZ questionable 57683
Oceania New Caledonia NCL native 9070
Oceania New Zealand NZL native 5755
North America Nicaragua NIC introduced 87861
Oceania Norfolk I. NFK native 8879
Oceania North Marianas MNP native 1602
Asia Ogasawara Is. OGW native 26066
Oceania Palau PLW native 37816
North America Panama PAN introduced 87861
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 6192
Asia Philippines PHL native 1602
Oceania Pitcairn PCN native 1602
North America Puerto Rico PRI introduced 59238
Asia Ryukyu Is. RYU native 45255
Oceania Samoa WSM native 592
Africa Seychelles SYC questionable 1623
Asia Sri Lanka LKA questionable 10361
Asia Taiwan TWN native 5193
Asia Thailand THA native 37773
Asia Timor-Leste TLS Native 118793
Oceania Tonga TON native 53797
North America Turks Caicos Is. TCA introduced 85277
North America USA USA introduced 49194
Oceania Vanuatu VUT native 13300
South America Venezuela VEN introduced 87861
Asia Viet Nam VNM native 2682
North America Virgin Is. (US) VIR introduced 87861
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