Lionfish, also known as zebrafish, firefish, turkeyfish, or butterfly-cod are native to the Indo-Pacific, but have become established along the southeast coastal regions of the United States, the Caribbean, and various other parts of the Gulf of Mexico.  Since Lionfish are not native to these waters, they have very few predators.  Lionfish are carnivores and feed on small fish and crustaceans, with a typical diet that includes popular reef fish such as snapper and grouper.

Lionfish are not poisonous and can be eaten when properly filleted.  They are delicious actually, with a delicate flavor, similar in texture to grouper.  Lionfish are venomous, and have 18 spines.  13 long ones in the dorsal fin, 1 short spine in each of its pelvic fins, and 3 short spines in the leading edge of the anal fin.  They are categorized by a red, white, creamy, or black bands, with very showy pectoral fins.  A puncture by one of the spines may cause symptoms such as: extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, dizziness, redness, and swelling in the area.  Some severe allergic reactions may be fatal.  Most cases can be treated with heat (hot water) on the area of the puncture.

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