Russells lionfish

Species information for the Russells lionfish, in the Lionfish category.

  1. FAMILY - Scorpaenidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Pterois Russelli

    COMMON NAME - Russell's Lionfish (Spotless Lionfish, Red Volitans Lionfish, Soldier Lionfish, Plaintail Firefish, Largetail Turkeyfish, Military Turkeyfish)

    SIZE - 11.8" (30 cm)

    RANGE - Indo West Pacific

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 55 US gal. (208 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Varied meaty diet, marine fish, crustacean flesh, live grass shrimp, feeder fish, feed 3-4 times a week.

    AQUARIUM SUITABILITY - 10 (Venomous)

    REEF COMPATIBILITY - Will eat shrimps and smaller fishes.

    CAPTIVE CARE - Spends much if its time in full view. Can't be trained to eat pieces of fresh seafood, live prey may be needed to at first. Not typically aggressive towards other fish, with the exception of other lionfish, deep water and shallow reef tanks are acceptable environments for the fish. CAUTION - THIS FISH IS VENOMOUS

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    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 21, 2014
    jhnrb, Apr 6, 2009