WhyReef - Fun Facts
The red lionfish may look beautiful, but it is dangerous! It has 13 poisonous spines on its back, which it uses to protect itself from predators and to defend its home. The red lionfish never learned to share its home; it will charge at other lionfish with its poisonous spines to drive them away. When male lionfish are trying to find a female, they will charge and bite other male lionfish, sometimes even tearing parts of their mouth off! Their poisonous spines are not deadly to humans, but are extremely painful.
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