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n. pl. lionfish or lion·fish·es
Any of various colorful scorpionfishes chiefly of the genera Pterois and Dendrochirus, native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans but introduced elsewhere, having a striped body with long pectoral fins and venomous spines in the dorsal fin.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any of various scorpion fishes of the tropical Pacific genus Pterois, having a striped body and elongated spiny fins


(ˈlaɪ ənˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
any of several long-finned, brightly striped scorpionfishes, esp. of the genus Pterois.
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Noun1.lionfish - brightly striped fish of the tropical Pacific having elongated spiny finslionfish - brightly striped fish of the tropical Pacific having elongated spiny fins
scorpaenid, scorpaenid fish - any of numerous carnivorous usually bottom-dwelling warm-water marine fishes found worldwide but most abundant in the Pacific
genus Pterois, Pterois - lionfishes
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Already, the barren area around the artificial reef has become home to 32 species of fish including damselfish, butterfly fish, lizardfish, thread fin beams, rabbitfish, cardinal fish and lion fish.
She added that the press conference was called to share some of the initiatives taken by the Ministry to manage environmental threats faced daily "such as pollution, climate change, habitat destruction, over fishing and the proliferation of endangered species, like the Lion fish.
30pm and 3-4pm: Lionel and Leona the Lion Fish wander through the crowds on stilts (Pier/Promenade) There will also be an exhibition of photographs taken by children at Saltburn Primary School on the theme of Fish Fillet Feast
His new series, Fierce (Tuesday, STV) has seen him chased and almost snapped by komodo dragons and crocodiles, spear a highly venomous lion fish - all in the name of conservation - all of which you expect.
And if that wasn't scary enough, he also searches for the barbed lion fish.
The aquarium will also host lion fish, the bluespotted ribbon-tailed stingray, sea scorpions, the long-spined sea urchin and the moon jellyfish.
The fishermen of La Caleta, in the Dominican Republic, who have voluntarily given up fishing in the area and instead turned to tourism as an alternative sustainable lifestyle, have seen the threat the lion fish has posed to their scheme.
At Guppy by ai, designer Anshu Arora gives you the experience of a wonderland - with lion fish lights, Japanese kokeshi dolls and many a Japanese antique wonder drenched in pop shades of green and pink.
On a good day, visibility can be as much as 50 metres and can reveal a passing parade of tiny coloured fishes, lion fish, lobsters, tuna, eels, turtles, rays and even sharks.
The exhibit with the Paradise Island theme will run up to February 5 with exotic species on display including Clown Fish, magical Seahorses, Long Spine Porcupine Fish and Lion Fish, among others.
The major exhibits include huge sea water tanks for large marine life like sharks, lion fish and others.
And it was a dazzling experience as I discovered the underwater jewels of Egypt in the shape of stingrays, moray eels, puffer fish, trigger fish and lion fish.