The Dwarf Lionfish (Dendrochirus zebra) is also known as Dwarf Zebra Lionfish. Like most Lionfish, the body pattern consists of alternating dark brown/reddish and light brown/off-white stripes. The Dwarf Lionfish is fond of sheltered areas with a lower current flow. They are usually found primarily along rocky reef habitats sitting solitary among the crevices and cave like overhangs, 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 like most scorpaenids, the sting from the spines of this species is poisonous.

Dwarf Lionfish 6-10 cm

SKU: 012100010924
  • Specification's

    Common Name

    Dwarf Lionfish

    Scientific Name Dendrochirus zebra
    Origin Indonesia, West Pacific
    Max Size 20 cm
    Reef Safe With Caution
    Min Tank Size Medium
    Diet Carnivore
    Care Level Moderate
    Temperament Preditor

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