Pterois is characterized by warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins and venomous spiky fin rays. Pterois are classified into a number of different species, but Pterois radiata, Pterois volitans and Pterois miles are the most commonly studied. Pterois are popular aquarium fish and are readily used for cooking.
Pterois are about 2.44in to 16.69in cm with typical adults measuring 14.96in cm. They weigh an average of 1.05 lbs.
- National Geographic. "Lionfish".
- Whitfield P.E. et al 2006. Abundance estimates of the Indo-Pacific lionfish Pterois volitans/miles complex in the Western North Atlantic. Biological Invasions. 9(1):53–64.