PTEROIS RUSSELLI - (BENNETT, 1831)
Pterois russelli is a lionfish from the Eastern Central Pacific. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 30cm in length.
The fish species Pterois russelli is known under many different names in English, such as Red Volitans Lionfish, Soldier Lionfish,
Largetail Lionfish, Clearfin Lionfish, Plaintail Firefish, Plaintail Turkeyfish, Military Turkeyfish, Spotless Firefish, Spotless Butterfly-cod, and Russell's Firefish.
Please note that the Red Volitans Lionfish (Pterois russelli) is not the same species as the Volitans Lionfish (Pterois volitans).
Geographical range, habitat and habits
The Red Volitans Lionfish lives in the Indo-Pacific, where its range stretches from eastern Africa and the Persian Gulf to New Guinea. The southernmost
living specimens inhabit the waters of Australia. It is a reef-associated species that can be found in environments with muddy substrates, from sheltered
shallow estuaries to deep offshore reefs. The dept range for this species is 15-60 meters / 49-197 feet.
Size and appearance
The largest scientifically measured Red Volitans Lionfish was 30 cm / 11.8 in. You can recognize the Red Volitans Lionfish on the lack of spots on
the median fins. This fish will also typically have shorter dorsal spines. The spines of the dorsal, pectoral and anal fins are fleshy and without bands.
The body is tan with light brown vertical stripes.