The red lion fish is also known as cobra fish. Their habitat is close to the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea.
They are easily recognisable because of their particular colour and the radial fins in “uniforms”. Some of these radials are actually stinging cables connected to a gland containing poison.
Things to Do
- Learn more about how the red lion fish use their poison to paralyze their prey, which they then eat.
- Discover that the poison, rarely fatal to humans, can cause severe reactions. The toxin injected by the red lion fish, being thermolabile, is disabled by immersing the affected part in hot water.
- Watch the beautiful hunters swim through their tank.