VOLITAN LIONFISH (Pterois volitans). Delicate beauty combined with venomous spines give the lionfish an exotic allure. Non-aggressive by nature, it poses little threat to the hobbyist but will eat small fish. The needle-sharp dorsal spines pack a powerful poison that hurts badly but is not fatal. The lionfish requires a large aquarium to grow into during its twenty- to thirty-year lifespan.
Photo by Tom Sandercock