Meet the Turkeyfish

Did you know? Lionfish are oftentimes referred to as “turkeyfish” because their ornate fins somewhat resemble a turkey's plumage.

Published November 25, 2015

lionfish

Native to the Indo-Pacific, lionfish have gained notoriety in recent years for becoming an invasive species in the southeastern U.S., Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Scientists believe the “invasion” of these fish into our waters was spurred by the release of lionfish pets.

Popular in the home aquarium trade, lionfish often outgrow their tanks and will sometimes prey on other fish. Once released into the Atlantic, lionfish thrive. They eat native fish and crustaceans, destroy habitats and have no real natural predators. With an average spawn rate of close to 2 million eggs per year, this species shows no signs of disappearing on its own.

Conservationists encourage the safe consumption of lionfish to help lower the number of invasives in our local habitats. 


Previous Post

Featured Stories

Octopus eye Octopuses: Extraordinary Eyesight

To celebrate World Octopus Day, learn more about the octopus’s remarkable eyesight!

Read the full story

Terrapin Terrapins in the Classroom: They’re Off!

As part of our Terrapins in the Classroom initiative, 48 baby diamondback terrapins are heading to classrooms across the state to grow.

Read the full story

Related Stories

Happy International Sloth Day!

Published October 20, 2018

Recognizing International Sawfish Day

Published October 17, 2018