THE LIONFISH......is not from the Caribbean. They are originally
from the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Western Pacific Ocean.
...is harmful to the coral reef.
Invasive lionfish eat everything that they can fit into their mouth and that
their stomachs can handle.
...is an invasive species. This means that they cause harm to
an ecosystem that is not their own.
...belong in the scorpaenidae family. Commonly
called scorpionfishes; the family includes approximately 500 different species.
...reach adult size in approximately
...can reduce the number of
juvenile native fish on any given reef to approximately 79% in just 5
can lay eggs every four days. The eggs are distributed by the ocean currents.
One ovary from a female contain 30,000 eggs
The Caribbean is
a region that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands, and the surrounding
coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American
mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America. Wikipedia
Area: 1.063 million mi²
Population: 39.17 million
Lionfish do not have any natural predators in the Caribbean so
it has become necessary for us to hunt and eat them or they
will totally destroy our coral reefs.