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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Scorpaenidae Scorpionfishes or rockfishes
Subfamily: Pteroinae
Genus: Pterois

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10 species (see list below)

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Photo by Allen, G.R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Pterois andover Allen & Erdmann, 2008

Photo by Allen, G.R.
Pterois andover
[Andover lionfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Max. Length 20 cm TL
Pterois antennata (Bloch, 1787)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Pterois antennata
[Broadbarred firefish]
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Western Indian Ocean

Pterois brevipectoralis

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Max. Length 35 cm TL
Pterois lunulata Temminck & Schlegel, 1843

Photo by Shao, K.T.
Pterois lunulata
[Luna lion fish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 35 cm SL
Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828)

Photo by Patzner, R.
Pterois miles
[Devil firefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Pterois mombasae (Smith, 1957)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Pterois mombasae
[Frillfin turkeyfish]

Photo by De Falco, M.

Max. Length 24 cm TL
Pterois radiata Cuvier, 1829

Photo by De Falco, M.
Pterois radiata
[Radial firefish]

Photo by Brennan, L.

Max. Length 30 cm SL
Pterois russelii Bennett, 1831

Photo by Brennan, L.
Pterois russelii
[Plaintail turkeyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Pterois sphex Jordan & Evermann, 1903

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Pterois sphex
[Hawaiian turkeyfish]

Photo by Wilkie, M.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 38 cm TL
Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Wilkie, M.
Pterois volitans
[Red lionfish]
10 Species of Family Scorpaenidae with Genus Pterois
(Scorpionfishes or rockfishes)
Sort by: Species Length Year
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
2008 Pterois andover Andover lionfish Western Pacific 23 TL
1787 Pterois antennata Broadbarred firefish Indo-Pacific 20 TL
2002 Pterois brevipectoralis Western Indian Ocean
1843 Pterois lunulata Luna lion fish Indo-Pacific 35 TL
1828 Pterois miles Devil firefish Indian Ocean 35 SL
1957 Pterois mombasae Frillfin turkeyfish Indo-West Pacific 20 SL
1829 Pterois radiata Radial firefish Indo-Pacific 24 TL
1831 Pterois russelii Plaintail turkeyfish Indo-Pacific 30 SL
1903 Pterois sphex Hawaiian turkeyfish Eastern Central Pacific 22 TL
1758 Pterois volitans Red lionfish Pacific Ocean 38 TL

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