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Fu Manchu Lionfish | by Ron's Aquarium Photos
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Fu Manchu Lionfish



Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)

Order: Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads)

Family: Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes)


Genus/species: Dendrochirus biocellatus


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: The body is stout and irregularly banded in brown and light orange. D. biocellatus has large, fan-like pectoral fins, and tall, quill-like dorsal fins. It is unique from other Lionfishes because of the two, feeler-like appendages on the chin. The Fu Manchu received its name from the long mustache appendages on the front of it’s mouth.


Length up to 5 inches


DISTRIBUTIONHABITAT: The Fu Manchu Lionfish is found in the Indo-Pacific in deep crevices and caves on tropical coral reefs.


DIET IN THE WILD: small fishes and shrimps.


CONSERVATION: IUCN Red List Not Evaluated


REMARKS: Scorpionfishes have venomous quill-like spines to repel predators. Near the posterior fin false eyespots also confuse predators. They are mainly nocturnal inhabiting deep crevices and caves during the day.




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Taken on October 3, 2011