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Where do lionfish live?

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The lionfish is native to the reef habitats of the Indo-Pacific, an area that extends from Western Australia to Japan and throughout Micronesia. It also resides off the East Coast of the United States and as far south as the Turks Islands.

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Lionfish live near coral and rocky reefs in depths of up to 50 meters. They are also known as zebrafish, turkeyfish, firefish and butterfly-cod. The species has venomous spiny fin rays and is colored in alternating vertical stripes that may be red, white, cream and black. Lionfish range in size from 2 to 17.7 inches in length and weigh between 0.06 and 2.87 pounds. Their typical prey includes invertebrates, small fish and mollusks.

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