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Species of the genus Pterois (more commonly known as lionfish, turkeyfish, dragonfish) belong to the family Scorpaenidae which includes many known species of venomous marine fish that can live up to 15 years and be up to 40cm standard length. Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific however, in 1992 an invasion of P. volitans and P. miles broke out in Key Biscayne, Florida. Today, lionfish have spread all around the Caribbean with several sightings as far north on the Gulf Stream as Rhode Island and Bermuda (Schofield 2009). Efforts to control the populations of P. volitans and P. miles include exemption of fishing permits and limits in the state of Florida as well as community-run derbies. Lionfish are also being served as a delicacy in restaurants.

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