Nutritional value of lionfish

Lionfish is a healthy choice of fish to eat as they are shown to have a higher concentration of heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and a lower concentration of Omega 6 fatty acids. This all helps your cholesterol as the fatty acids in lionfish help to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise your good cholesterol (HDL). Nutritional studies have also found lionfish to be high in lean protein, and that lionfish, compared to … Continue reading

Lionfish name

Lionfish is its common name, the most widely used common name. Other common names that people use for the lionfish around the world are: Zebrafish Firefish Turkeyfish Red lionfish Butterfly cod Ornate butterfly-cod Peacock lionfish Red firefish Scorpion volitans Devil firefish Dragonfish. The scientific classification is as follows: Kingdom – Animalia Phylum – Chordata Class – Actinopterygii Order – Scorpaeniformes Family – Scorpaenidae Subfamily – Pteroinae Genus – Pterois The dictionary definition of the genus … Continue reading

A look inside a lionfish stomach.

So I thought it was about time I opened up a few lionfish, so that we could have a look inside a lionfish stomach. What exactly have they been eating? In a previous post I told you about “What do lionfish eat?“. Now lets see inside a few stomachs and see what we can see. This is a collage of photos showing the contents of just one lionfish I cut up at the end of … Continue reading

Lionfish cannibalism

Amazingly cannibalism has been recorded in over 1500 species in the animal kingdom. There is a long history of cannibalistic humans in such countries as Fiji, The Solomon Islands, Liberia, The Congo etc. Humans as a form of food were referred to as “long pigs” in some civilizations. Well it now turns out that lionfish are resorting to cannibalism. Katie Pyzyk published a post in the National Geographic on the 23rd July 2015 highlighting the … Continue reading

Lionfish facts

Have you ever wondered about all the interesting lionfish facts, but didn’t want to spend hours and hours hunting through google. Well here’s my list of what I think are the most interesting lionfish facts:- Lionfish have 18 needle sharp spines that contain venom which includes a protein, a neuromuscular toxin and a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, all used for protection against predators.  Read here about the lionfish spines and check out my macro photos. Lionfish eat … Continue reading

What eats lionfish?

Lionfish actually come from the Indo-Pacific and Red Sea, and there, in their native habitat, they have a number of predators that have been catching and eating them for millennia. Those predators that are known to definitely eat lionfish are as follows: Sharks Eels Grouper Cornetfish Frogfish Scorpionfish. So which of those predators living in the Western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Of Mexico and Caribbean Sea are known to have added the lionfish to their staple diet? … Continue reading

Lionfish spines

Lionfish have an amazing defense system made up of 18 venomous spines. Have a look at my picture below which shows exactly where those 18 venomous lionfish spines are strategically positioned. You can see there are 13 spines towards the front and middle of the dorsal fin. There is 1 spine at the front (top) on each of the two pelvic fins, and there are 3 spines at the front of the anal fin. All … Continue reading

What do lionfish eat?

What do lionfish eat

So what do lionfish eat? Very sadly they are voracious predators and can eat an enormous number of different marine creatures. Pretty much they will eat anything they can get in their mouth, about half the length of their body, which includes over 70 different fish, invertebrates and mollusks. Here is a list, which isn’t an exhaustive list, of what lionfish will eat: Grouper Snapper Parrotfish Sea Bass Grunts Damselfish Clownfish Basslets Gobies Blennies Wrasse Cardinalfish … Continue reading

How many lionfish have I caught?

  So far I have caught a grand total of 10,104 lionfish Lionfish came to Grand Cayman in 2009 and we spotted our first one here in September of that year. So how many lionfish have I caught in each of my work permit years? I have caught: To 1st July 2010 =      44  (We didn’t start recording our kills until June 2010). To 1st July 2011 =    444 To 1st July … Continue reading

Lionfish reproduction

Lionfish reproduction

Lionfish Reproduction Lionfish truly are an amazing invasive species. In their Pacific home waters over thousands of years their numbers have been kept under control as part of the natural balance of nature on the reef. However, in the Atlantic and Caribbean it is lionfish reproduction that is one of the main reasons why lionfish are taking over. In the Caribbean in particular they breed all year around and they are sexually mature after just … Continue reading