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The Red Lionfish is natively found in the coral seas of the Indio-Pacific. Its stunningly beautiful dorsal fin is equipped with grooved spines linked to venom glands, making it very dangerous. Its sting is extremely painful to humans and can cause systematic effects such as nausea, vomiting and breathing difficulties, but it is very seldom fatal.
The Lionfish is mostly nocturnal, spending the day almost motionless in a cave or crevice with its head lying downwards; it counters any threat by advancing with its dorsal spines facing forward. The Lionfish emerges at night to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimps, using its feathery pectoral fins to corner a victim and then striking very rapidly to grab it in its jaws.