Fish Guide

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish   (Dendrochirus brachypterus)
Family: Scorpaenidae (Lionfish)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 7 to 100 ft.   Size: 6.5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Crabs, shrimp, isopods, bristleworms, small fish
Natural History: The Shortfin Lionfish is found on sand substrates near rock or coral outcrops of reef flats. It is generally found individually or in small groups. It is seen upside down under rock outcrops and overhangs and moves about at night to hunt. It feeds on numerous smaller items rather than one large item like some other lionfish.
Husbandry: The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish needs numerous hiding places in an aquarium and should be kept as solitary individuals. It may require life food. It may spend more time in the open space of the aquarium than the Zebra Lionfish.
Reproduction: This species has spawned in aquaria. On the reef, the male and female swim up into the water column and back down many times until a pair of eggs is released near the surface, where they are fertilized.

AKA: Shortfin Lionfish, Dwarf Lionfish

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