Lionfish

These animals have no natural predators in North America – they were first seen in Florida in 1985, but were spotted off the coast of Rhode Island in 2001. They have now spread all the way to Brazil.


  • Scientific Name: Pterois volitans
  • Range: Invasive in Atlantic; Native in tropical Indo-Pacific waters
  • Status in the Wild: Invasive Species in Atlantic
  • Location in the Zoo: Kipp Aquarium
  • Cool Animal Fact: During the day, they hide in unexposed places and they hunt at night.