Antennata Lionfish

Ragged-finned Firefish ~ Spotfin Lionfish

Family: Scorpaenidae Antennata Lionfish Pterois antennataPterois antennata
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Hi there they are great I have one but just wanted to know he has broken one of his fins on top of his eyes will it grow back at all  Adam

   The Antennata Lionfish, Ragged-finned Firefish, or Spotfin Lionfish is distinguished for it's strikingly different pectoral fin rays, and it's large black and white "antennae"! A good community fish as long as it's companions are too big to eat.

   The main characteristic of the Antennata Lionfish, Ragged-finned Firefish, or Spotfin Lionfish is the lack of connecting tissue in between the spines of the fin rays. The pectoral fins are connected only a short ways out from the body while the dorsal fins are not connected at all.

   They do have venomous spines, our motto is "Don't pet the fish"!

For more Information on keeping marine fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium


Geographic Distribution
Pterois antennata
Data provided by FishBase.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Scorpaeniformes
  • Family: Scorpaenidae
  • Genus: Pterois
  • Species: antennata
Pterois antennata Lionfish

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Antennata Lionfish eating from a feeding stick.

Although the video quality is not perfect, this video needed to be chosen due to the wonderful training that was done for this Antennata Lionfish. All lionfish do need to be trained to eat from a feeding stick, since it is not always possible to have live foods and this aquarist did a great job. It is funny to watch the Lionfish respond to the stick even when it was on the outside of the tank! This Antennata Lionfish has found a good home and with proper feeding will reach 8" in no time. Remember do not feed goldfish to any marine fish.

Maintenance difficulty:

   The Antennata Lionfish, Ragged-finned Firefish, or Spotfin Lionfish is easy to keep. Lionfish are among the hardiest of all marine fish. In the beginning though, make sure you have a reliable supplier of feeder fish.

Maintenance:

   Feed live fish in the beginning, gradually enticing them to eat frozen of fresh foods such as silversides and lancefish. Other crustaceans and seafoods can also be tried.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:

      Antennata Lionfish, Ragged-finned Firefish, or Spotfin Lionfish are found in the Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Marquesan and MangarĂ©va islands, north to southern Japan, south to Queensland, Australia and Kermadec (Ref. 8879) and Austral islands. Occurs in lagoon and seaward reefs.

Foods:

   This fish hides in crevices under rocks and coral formations during the day and hunts at night. Typically they hunt with head towards the safety of their hide-out or a nearby narrow passage. They feed on shrimps and crabs in the wild. In the aquarium they can be fed meaty foods and small fishes.

Social Behaviors:

   Sociable and peaceful, can be considered a community fish as long as the tankmates are not small enough to eat!

Sex: Sexual differences:

   Unknown.

Breeding/Reproduction:

   See general breeding techniques in the Breeding Marine Fish page.

Light: Recommended light levels:

   No special requirements.

Temperature:

   No special requirements. Normal temperatures for marine fish is between 74 and 79 degrees fahrenheit.

Length/Diameter of fish:

   Antennata Lionfish, Ragged-finned Firefish, or Spotfin Lionfish adults can grow to 20 cm (8 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:

   A minimum 40 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong

   No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom

   Will swim anywhere their prey takes them.

Availability:

   This fish is generally readily available.

Author: David Brough. CFS.
Lastest Animal Stories on Antennata Lionfish

Adam - 2013-01-02
Hi there they are great I have one but just wanted to know he has broken one of his fins on top of his eyes will it grow back at all

  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Yes they will normally grow back.
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Andy Starr - 2004-07-15
The spotfin lionfish is a worthy addition to any community home aquaria as long as a degree of care is taken with regard to the size of his tankmates and his venomous spines. My fish is well adapted and fed from the second day of introduction. He readily accepts cockles and small lancefish and when he bothers to free swim instead of resting, he is a spectacular site.

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~Leana~ - 2007-09-04
I have to do a science project, and this was the only website that helped!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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ADRIAN HOWE - 2006-01-08
This is a simply stunning fish with exquisite colours. My fish has settled in perfectly with the rest of my fish and has not bothered any of them. The smallest is a firefish and I also have a cleaner shrimp which even tries to 'clean' the lionfish. It even feeds on algae pellets which I originally bought for the tangs. My advice is go and buy one!

  • corrie - 2011-10-05
    The fish you are keeping with the lionfish in time he will eat them like the firefish and also the cleanershrimp...... I have been keeping lionfish for over 20 years......So please keep eye on size of the mouth of the Lionfish
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Greg Hix - 2011-06-10
Picture's updated now, thanks for your help Greg!... Animal World

nfortunately, the photo shown and ID'd as Pteoris antenatta is not an antenatta, but the closely related Pterois mombassae. Mombasa lionfish are often mistaken for P. antenatta in the aquarium hobby.

We currently keep and study all of the lionfish species that are commonly available to the hobby, and even a few that are rather uncommon.

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    Will check that one out. Thank you.
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