Venomous Species

There are a number of venomous fish available to the fishkeeper, most of which are members of the family Scorpaenidae. The venom is normally delivered via an array of dorsal fin spines, and care must be taken when netting and handling these species to avoid painful and even life-threatening injections of the toxin.

This amazing Red Lionfish (pterois volitans) is the most popular of the Scorpionfish brought regularly to the aquarium market. Turkey Fish are often shipped in as cute babies. It must be realised this is potentially a BIG fish when full grown. Avoid contact with the dorsal spines and keep away from smaller fish!

This amazing Red Lionfish (pterois volitans) is the most popular of the Scorpionfish brought regularly to the aquarium market. Turkey Fish are often shipped in as cute babies. It must be realised this is potentially a BIG fish when full grown. Avoid contact with the dorsal spines and keep away from smaller fish!

White Spined Lionfish are one of the most striking of the smaller Scorpionfish, and has a spectacular array of pectoral and dorsal spines. The dorsal spines are connected to sacs of potent venom and care is essential when handling this species.

White Spined Lionfish are one of the most striking of the smaller Scorpionfish, and has a spectacular array of pectoral and dorsal spines. The dorsal spines are connected to sacs of potent venom and care is essential when handling this species.