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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-22
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater World, Lionfish [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-23 3:29
Viewed: 4121
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Beautiful creature, but beware...
The lion fish is poisonous!
This picture was taken at an aquarium.

Pterois volitans

Lionfish are venomous coral reef fishes from the Indian and western Pacific oceans that have invaded East Coast waters. Lionfish were likely first introduced off the Florida coast in the early to mid 1990s, and by the summer of 2000 were found along the Atlantic coast of the United States from Florida to Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Lionfish are very popular in the aquarium trade and are commonly kept as aquarium pets. It is likely that the introduction of lionfish is from either intentional or unintentional releases related to the aquarium trade including amateur home aquarists.

Lionfish have distinctive red, maroon and white stripes; fleshy tentacles above the eyes and below the mouth; fan-like pectoral fins; and long separated dorsal spines. Adults can grow as large as 17 inches, while juveniles may be as small as an inch or less. Lionfish are members of the Scorpion fish family that are well known for their venomous spine. All of the spines on a lionfish are venomous, creating a danger primarily to divers and fishers if stung.

Although there have been no known fatalities caused by lionfish stings, they are reportedly extremely painful. Researchers urge caution to anyone who encounters these fish. With most observations of lionfish occurring in waters more than 100 feet deep, divers and those fishing in deep waters are most likely to have encounters with the fish.

Lionfish also are believed to pose particular risks to the local environment. They are voracious predators that feed not only on small shrimps but also on large fish, perhaps including the young of important commercial fish species such as snapper and grouper, many of which use the region’s “live bottom” reefs as nursery grounds. The invasive lionfish have few if any natural predators in their new Atlantic environment.


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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-23 3:50]

Great picture. You have managed to capture the fish in a good pose. To bad that some parts of the mouth is over exposured.

Great note to. Didn't know that the lionfish was moving to colder water.

Thanks for sharing

I don't usually get excited about fish, but this is a lovely image. The fish looks great against the dark BG. Who would think something so beautiful can be so harmful. Nice Manyee. Thanks.

very nice one Manyee,
I know that it is not easy to made a shot through the glass of an aquarium, but you did it very well, very good photo, good sharpnes, very good job,
gr. Jaap

Manyee, Interesting speciman shown from a great POV..Good details and colors and an excellent note, TFS!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-23 12:53]

A good capture Manyee,not easy through glass.
Very good composition and nice detail and colours.
The note is very interesting too.
Good work,well done.

Well captured Manyee,
The dark BG is great, and shows the details well. Good colours, composition and a good POV.
Just the bit of OE, but you've captured it so well.
Thanks for posting

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-05-23 23:24]
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Muito boa foto, boa macro!!!!
Cores, contraste, composição... muito bom!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-24 3:44]

Belle et intéressante composition aquatique bien réalisée pour ce superbe poisson. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Wow ! Very well done & interesting !

Something different, Manyee, and it's very well caught, fully developped in an elegant ballet. Certainly not an easy shot due to bright subject and possible reflections, but you managed light and timing very well. TFS.

Very grand composition and POV, Manyee. There is a slight reflection. Try keeping the lens closer to the glass and hold your hand as a shield between the flash, lens and glass. Hope it makes sense. Well done, interesting note too.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-09-15 22:04]

Hola Mangee:
Buen título para esta fotografía. Colores sobrios pero atactivos. Me gustan los detalles y el fondo oscuro que hace destacar al pez en primer plano. Felicitaciones.

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