Fish Species

Volitans Lionfish

Volitans Lionfish - Description

The Volitans Lionfish is an extremely popular and beautiful marine aquarium fish due to its coloring and long feather like fins.

It is also known as the Common Lionfish, Butterfly Cod, Red Lionfish, Red Firefish and Turkeyfish. They have venomous spines used for defence but can cause headaches, vomiting and breathing problems to humans.

Popular Name: Volitans Lionfish
Species: Pterois volitans

Profile of the Volitans Lionfish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Volitans Lionfish species.

  • Size: Up to 35cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.2-8.4 Temp 22-28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Ghost Shrimp, Krill, Fresh Seafood

  • Temperament: Will eat smaller fish and shrimps!

  • Behaviour: Not an active fish, swims slowly around the tank

  • Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Volitans Lionfish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Pterois volitans

  • Popular Name: Volitans Lionfish - Common Lionfish - Butterfly Cod - Red Lionfish - Red Firefish - Turkeyfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Scorpaeniformes

  • Family: Scorpaenidae

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Volitans Lionfish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi, Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral..

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