The Ambon Lionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis) they are usually found primarily in algae or soft-bottom habitats sitting solitary among weed or on mud bottoms, it can be easily overlooked because of its superb camouflage. They like to feed on small fish and swimming invertebrates. Scorpionfish are masters of camouflage, enabling them to lie in wait for their victims to come close, before lunging forward and inhaling their prey with their large mouths. When disturbed they raise the spines along their backs and will usually move off out of harm's way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed. They hunt by ambushing their prey, as unsuspecting fish wander too close and in an instant get swallowed whole by the predator. Their large mouths and extendable stomachs mean they can eat very large prey with ease. While unlike most scorpaenids, the sting from the spines of this species is non-poisonous.
Ambon Lionfish 6-10 cm
Scientific Name Pteroidichthys amboinensis Origin Indonesia, West Pacific, Fiji Max Size 15 cm Reef Safe With Caution Min Tank Size Medium Diet Omnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Extreme-Preditor