Pterois volitans (Linnaeus 1758),

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 101

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Pterois volitans (Linnaeus 1758)


Pterois volitans (Linnaeus 1758)  —Volitans lionfish

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on a specimen photographed at Lissenung Island by Dietmar Amon on 1 May 2009, and at 10 m depth by Dean Tully on 21 Sept. 2012; a video of a specimen taken from Senta Passage, off eastern New Hanover , 5–16 m depth, at St. KR 118, in 2014 (identified by Barry C. Russell).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2.—General distribution: Christmas and Cocos-Keeling islands (Indian Ocean) east to Line Islands, French Polynesia, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia and New Caledonia; invasive in the western Atlantic. Found solitary or in small groups in caves, crevices or under ledges in inshore and seaward reefs, 1–55 m depth. Marine.