The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (Dendrochirus brachypterus) is also known as Short-Fin Turkeyfish and the Shortfin Lionfish. Like most Lionfish, the body pattern consists of alternating dark brown/reddish and light brown/off-white stripes. The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish have relatively small mouths when compared to many other lionfish species. As their common name implies, the scales of this lionfish have a fuzzy appearance to them. The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish 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.
Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish 10-15 cm
Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish
Scientific Name Dendrochirus brachypterus Origin Indonesia, West Pacific Max Size 15 cm Reef Safe With Caution Min Tank Size Medium Diet Carnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Preditor