Whitelined Lionfish, Pterois radiata Cuvier 1829

Other Names: Clearfin Lionfish, Clearfin Turkeyfish, Radial Firefish, Tailbar Lionfish, Whitefin Lionfish, White-lined Lionfish

A Whitelined Lionfish, Pterois radiata, in the Red Sea. Source: Derek Keats / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution

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Whitelined Lionfish, Pterois radiata Cuvier 1829

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Offshore reefs of north-western Australia (Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef), Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Pterois radiata Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 4: 369. Type locality: Tahiti, Society Islands (as Otaïti).


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Whitelined Lionfish, Pterois radiata Cuvier 1829


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

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Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21. 

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1979. The Fishes of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Aust. Natl. Parks Wldlf. Ser. Spec. Publ. 2. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service 81 pp. 15 pls. 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Cuvier, G.L. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1829. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 4 518 pp. pls 72-99. 

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Poss, S.G. 1999. Families Scorpaenidae, Caracanthidae, Aploactinidae. pp. 2291-2358 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37287097

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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