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These magnificent fish serve an important lesson; someone in the past released them into the ocean in Florida, and they have now spread far and wide, wreaking havoc throughout the South Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Pterois volitans


Native in tropical Indo-Pacific waters; invasive in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast

Status in the Wild

Invasive Species in Atlantic

Location in the Zoo

Kipp Aquarium

Cool Animal Fact

As part of the effort to help control their population, lionfish are being served up in seafood restaurants in the Carribbean, Mexico, and in a few cities in the U.S., including Houston!