45 centimeters (18 inches) long
Lionfish prey on more than 100 species, and one lionfish can eat 5,000 fish in a year.
They can live up to 15 years in the wild.
Lionfish reproduce at a rapid rate. A female can produce more than two million eggs per year. Few predators consume the eggs because they are filled with a harmful chemical. The eggs hatch after only two days. The baby lionfish will be ready to reproduce in less than a year.
Lionfish are protected by venomous spines attached to their fins.
present invasion zone
expected invasion zone
Lionfish have invaded the East Coast, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
They are expected to continue spreading south toward Brazil.
Invasive lionfish can severely damage coral reefs.