Shortfin lionfish

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

  1. FAMILY - Scorpaenidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Dendrochirus Brachypterus

    COMMON NAME - Shortfin Lionfish (Dwarf Lionfish, Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish)

    SIZE - 6.7" (17 cm)

    RANGE - Indo Pacific

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 30 US Gal. ( 114 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Meaty foods, marine fish, crustacean flesh, live grass shrimp, feeder fish, marine fare live and frozen for carnivores, feed 3-4 times a week.


    REEF COMPATIBILITY - Will eat shrimp and smaller fishes.

    CAPTIVE CARE - This fish is venomous and care should be exercised in handling, can be kept in groups in tanks 75 US Gal. (284 L), Purchase one large and several smaller individuals for best results, some specimens will refuse to eat. Keep with less aggressive tankmates, overhangs, caves, crevices are a must for acclimation. Not a threat to more active fish species. Venomous spines beware.

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