Specimen Information

Pterois volitans/miles
Pterois volitans/miles
Marine Fishes

Specimen ID1456578
GroupMarine Fishes
Common Namelionfish
LocalityCaribbean Sea, Cuba, Jardines de la Reina
Mapping AccuracyApproximate
HUC8 NameGreater Antilles
HUC8 Number32006500
Collection Day1
Collection Month1
Collection Year2018
Year AccuracyActual
Potential Pathwayreleased aquarium
Comments11 dives between 1 and 5 Jan 2018 on the seaward side of Cayo Caballones, Cayo Anclitas, and Cayo Cachiboca in the Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, while with an Ocean for Youth Foundation dive trip aboard Aggressor 1 dive boat. The dives ranged from about 25' to 95', were 40 to 70 minutes long, and I counted all the lionfishes I saw. I counted 2 lionfishes on 1 dive, 1 lionfish each on 6 dives, and no lionfish on 4 dives. The 18 other divers with me also reported seeing few lionfishes, but everyone saw some. There certainly are not a lot of lionfishes there. I do not know whether that is because the local divers are killing them (which they do to feed the sharks), or because the large predaceous fish there are eating them, especially as juveniles, or for some other reason.
Record TypePersonal communication
Number Collected8
Size20 cm


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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2022]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [8/13/2022].

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