Common Lionfish - Kenting (08-09May10) C 174.jpg
Kenting, Taiwan -- A common lionfish, Pterois volitans, prowling the reef.
Lionfishes, members of the Scorpaenidae family, are ferocious hunters. They use their poisonous spike-like fins to corner their prey, which is then sucked in whole.
During day time lionfishes often just hover above a sandy bottom. This peaceful movement can be misleading as they are quite capable to pounce on unsuspecting prey with lightning speed over a short distance.
The poisonous spikes are used only defensively or to corner prey. When the lionfish is left with a way to retreat, divers have nothing to fear.