FC: Pterois Volitans By Nate Connell
1: LION-FISH Pterois volitans
2: The Lionfish is a carnivore it actually doesn't use it's spines to kill those are just for defense against predators. it relies on its speed and quickness to catch and eat other small fish, in fact a Lionfish will sometimes spread its pectoral fins to heard smaller fish into a small space so it can swallow then easier.
3: As shown on the map above the lion-fish usually inhabits tropical areas and hot coastal areas like around Australia and nears The Bahamas.
4: One physical adaptations of the lion fish (Pterois Volitans) is it large venomous spines for protection. when another fish say a shark poses a threat to the lion fish it flares out its spines to show the shark that it can kill it. if that shark were to bite it or eat it the spines would stick into its mouth or any other part and either kill it or seriously hurt it.
5: The lion fish is a nocturnal fish meaning it is active during the night. It usually hunts at night as well, it relies on its camouflage and speed to catch its prey. The lion fish sometimes pokes its head into a little hole to protect itself.
6: The lion uses its environment to help it survive. It eats the living things like other fish, and hides in the non-living things like rocks.
7: The Pterois Volitans requires a place with a lot of places to hide in order to hunt. it needs a necessary amount of space (not to much not too little) so the other fish are close enough to it.
8: The lion fish has no symbiotic relationships with any other animal.
11: The lion fish is a fish that can thrive almost anywhere and has proven it. In August of 1992 hurricane Andrew hit Florida causing an aquarium to release all of the animals, some of those were lion fish. Since then it has taken over the western part of the Atlantic.
12: Bibliography http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/1992andrew.html http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/lionfish/ http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-11/fm/feature/ http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo205786.htm