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Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Lionfish
Lionfish

These impressive fish are covered in orange, brown, black and white stripes and have large feather like spines at the ends of their fins. 

Their elaborate fins hide their venom tipped dorsal spines. 

 


Fun Facts...

Hunting by stealth, they float towards their prey like drifting seaweed, herding prey into a corner, before scooping them up in their large mouths.



Location...

Found throughout the Indian and west Pacific oceans.



Habitat...

Coastal waters, coral reefs and lagoons.



Diet...
Small fish, shrimps and crabs.

Not Evaluated

Lionfish, Fuzzy dwarf (Dendrochirus brachypterus)

Lionfish, Fuzzy dwarf
Lionfish, Fuzzy dwarf

There are three different colour morphs of this species: brown, red and yellow; with brown being the most common. 

They are most active at dawn and dusk, 'resting' throughout the day.

Fuzzy dwarf lionfish are a predatory species capable of swallowing large prey items whole.

 


Fun Facts...

Also known as the shortfin turkeyfish!

They live in harems where one male courts numerous females.

The first 11 dorsal spines are likened to hypodermic needles - each equipped with venom sacs. Their venom is unlikely to be fatal to humans - but can be very painful!



Location...

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa and Tonga, north to Southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island; Mariana Islands in Micronesia; the Arafura sea and Australia.



Habitat...

Reef flats and shallow lagoons, in areas with weed-covered rocks on sandy substrates.



Diet...
Small fish, crustaceans (shrimps and crabs)

Not Evaluated

Loach, Clown (Chromobotia macracanthus)

Loach, Clown
Loach, Clown

The clown loach is easily recognisable with orange bodies and three black bands down its side. It is named clown loach after the bright colouration and stripes. This fish may reach lengths of 30cm in the wild, but usually grows to a maximum length of 16cm in aquariums. 


Fun Facts...

Clown loaches display a wide range of behaviours which are not often seen in other fish. These behaviours include lying on the bottom on the tank on their sides and trying to squeeze into very small spaces. 



Location...

Found in Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.



Habitat...

Adults are most often found on the bottom of river channels, often under rocks, wood or in mud cavities, where they are hidden from predators. Juveniles are often found in the floodplains. 



Diet...
Feeds on worms, crustaceans and plants.

Not Evaluated

Loach, Kuhli (Pangio kuhli)

Loach, Kuhli
Loach, Kuhli

The Kuhli loach can be recognised by its long, almost eel-like, body form and the combination of orange-yellow and black bands seen on the body. These fish are able to grow to a maximum length of 12cm, but are usually much smaller than this. 


Fun Facts...

The kuhli loach is sometimes referred to as the 'prickle-eye' because of a small spine underneath the eye - it is thought this may be a means of defense from predators



Location...

Indonesia and Malaysia



Habitat...

Often found in the sandy beds of slow flowing rivers or streams



Diet...
These fish are scavengers and will eat a wide variety of food in the wild.

Not Evaluated

Lobster, Red reef (Enoplometopus voigtmanni)

Lobster, Red reef
From the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Fun Facts...

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Lobster, Spiny blue (Panulirus versicolor)

Lobster, Spiny blue
Lobster, Spiny blue
This lobster is also known as the painted rock lobster, due to its colouration. Its carapace is white, pink and black, with blue and white bands. It has a green abdomen and a blue-green tail. It can grow up to 40cm long, has two pairs of long antennae and has no claws.
Fun Facts... This speices in nocturnal and only come together in very small numbers. It is also a popular food source. 

Location... Widespread across the waters of the western Pacific and Indian Ocean, from the east coast of Africa to Japan and Australia.

Habitat... Found in shallow tropical waters on coral reefs, where is uses the reef and rocks for shelter. 

Diet...
Carnivorous, feeding on carrion, arthropods and crustaceans.

Least Concern

Locust, Desert (Schistocerca gregaria)

Locust, Desert
Locust, Desert
The desert locust is one of about a dozen species of grasshoppers known as locusts. Unlike other grasshoppers, locusts have the ability to change their behaviour in response to population density. This enables them to form incredibly large swarms that can vary from one square kilometre to several hundred square kilometres! 
Fun Facts... There can be from 40 million to as many as 80 million adult locusts in each square kilometre of a swarm and these can travel very large distances over short periods of time, making the locust one of the most dangerous pests. 

Plagues of locusts can threaten the livelihood of at least one-tenth of the world's human population due to crop loss! 

Location... Africa, Asia and Indian subcontinent. 

Habitat... Dry desert landscapes. 

Diet...
Feed on almost all types of vegetation.

Least Concern
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