The Red Lion fish can grow to an adult size of more than 17 inches. The body is thick and has altering vertical white, brown or maroon strips. The head has little spikes and fleshy growths above the eyes and below the mouth. The pectoral fin is a distinctive fan shape and the dorsal spines are huge and separated. The dorsal, pelvic and anal spines are venomous.
Lion fish is a native fish that is found in the Indo-Pacific region. It popular in aquariums. It was released from aquariums into the North Carolina beaches and started to reproduced rapidly, spreading south to Florida then to the Bahamas
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