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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Perciformes/Scorpaenoidei
Family: Scorpaenidae Scorpionfishes or rockfishes
Subfamily: Pteroinae
Genus: Pterois

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Western Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Pterois andover Allen & Erdmann, 2008

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Pterois andover
[Andover lionfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Pterois antennata (Bloch, 1787)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Pterois antennata
[Broadbarred firefish]
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Pterois brevipectoralis
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Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15.9 cm SL
Pterois cincta Rüppell, 1838

Photo by Photo by Bogorodsky, S.V.
 
Pterois cincta
[Red sea lionfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Pterois lunulata Temminck & Schlegel, 1843

Photo by Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Pterois lunulata
[Luna lion fish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 35 cm SL
Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828)

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Pterois miles
[Devil firefish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Pterois mombasae (Smith, 1957)

Photo by Photo by Goebbels, D.
 
Pterois mombasae
[Frillfin turkeyfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 14.4 cm SL
Pterois paucispinula Matsunuma & Motomura, 2015

Photo by Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Pterois paucispinula
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Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 24 cm TL
Pterois radiata Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Pterois radiata
[Radial firefish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Pterois russelii Bennett, 1831

Photo by Photo by Brennan, L.
 
Pterois russelii
[Plaintail turkeyfish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Pterois sphex Jordan & Evermann, 1903

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Pterois sphex
[Hawaiian turkeyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 45.7 cm TL
Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Pterois volitans
[Red lionfish]



12 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Pterois andover Andover lionfish Western Pacific 23 TL 2008
Pterois antennata Broadbarred firefish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1787
Pterois brevipectoralis Western Indian Ocean 2002
Pterois cincta Red sea lionfish Western Indian Ocean 15.9 SL 1838
Pterois lunulata Luna lion fish Indo-Pacific 35 TL 1843
Pterois miles Devil firefish Indian Ocean 35 SL 1828
Pterois mombasae Frillfin turkeyfish Indo-West Pacific 20 SL 1957
Pterois paucispinula Indo-West Pacific 14.4 SL 2015
Pterois radiata Radial firefish Indo-Pacific 24 TL 1829
Pterois russelii Plaintail turkeyfish Indo-Pacific 30 SL 1831
Pterois sphex Hawaiian turkeyfish Eastern Central Pacific 22 TL 1903
Pterois volitans Red lionfish Pacific Ocean 45.7 TL 1758



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