35 cm





Actividad diurna


The devil firesish has some of its fins divided into radii, with a feather-like appearance, similar to the Chinese dragons. Its body has a colouring with brown and white vertical bands. Some of its fins have needles with poisonous glands. These fins and their magnificent striped colouring warn that they are not to be touched. They mainly swim calmly, gently waving their fins, however, if a lionfish detects a small fish or crustacean that seems a possible prey, it can launch to attack it like lightning.

Devil firefish are carnivores that eat fish and crustacean, which go up to their prey and swallow it at a lightning speed. They use the pectoral fins to trap their prey and sometimes even different individuals at a time.

They are oviparous animals in spawning, and the pair goes up to higher waters to leave a gelatinous sphere of eggs.

It normally lives on lagoon reefs close to the coast, up to depths of 50 m.

Interesting facts

These fish use their large pectoral fins to trap their prey.


Conservation status

Conservation status