A Family of Lionfish
Time for a family photo! As if posing for a picture, our fuzzy dwarf lionfish (Dendrochirus brachypterus) on the right checks out its much larger cousin, the red lionfish (Pterois voilitans), on the left. Both beautiful lionfish species are native to the Indo-Pacific region, but the red lionfish was introduced to waters in the western Atlantic Ocean and is now an invasive species there without natural predators.
The fuzzy dwarf maxes out at 5 inches (13 cm) while the red lionfish can grow to 17 inches (45 cm). You can find these mesmerizing fish fluttering around our Splash Zone exhibit.