Marine Life That Can Be Seen When DIving

Red Lionfish

Pterois volitans is commonly known as the Red Lionfish and a frequently-sighted species that occurs across the Indo-Pacific region, as well as further afield as an introduced/invasive species in seas around the New World. Its venomous spines are used in defence of predators, and its attractive appearance make it popular with underwater photographers. Some individuals are very dark in colour, and appear to be a different species.

Red Lionfish
Red Lionfish at The Similan Islands, Thailand
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Red Lionfish
Red Lionfish at The Similan Islands, Thailand
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Red Lionfish
Red Lionfish at The Similan Islands, Thailand
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Red Lionfish
Red Lionfish at The Similan Islands, Thailand
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Dark Red Lionfish
Dark Red Lionfish
Black-Red-Lionfish-Pterois-volitans
A Black Lionfish at Thailand's Similan Islands
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Red Lionfish Pterois volitans
Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfish & Lionfish)
Family: Scorpaenidae (Scorpaenidae)
Genus: Pterois (Lionfish)
Species: Pterois volitans
Size
Average Size: 40 centimetres

Previous Customer Who have Spotted Red Lionfish

Joel Rajesh
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Andaman
Trip destinations: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
When: Apr 2022

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