SELECT DISTINCT SPECIES.Genus AS ResultField1, SPECIES.Species AS ResultField2, SPECIES.Author AS ResultField3, SPECIES.FBname AS ResultField4, SPECIES.FamCode AS ResultField5, SPECIES.SpecCode AS ID_Field, SPECIES.Length AS ResultField6, SPECIES.LTypeMaxM AS ResultField7, SPECIES.LengthFemale AS ResultField20, SPECIES.LTypeMaxF AS ResultField21, synonyms.year, FAMILIES.CommonName, FAMILIES.Family FROM (SPECIES LEFT JOIN synonyms ON SPECIES.SpecCode = synonyms.SpecCode) INNER JOIN FAMILIES ON SPECIES.FamCode = FAMILIES.FamCode WHERE (FAMILIES.FamCode =SPECIES.FamCode) AND (synonyms.valid <> 0) And ((FAMILIES.FamCode)=264) AND ((Families.Order)= 'Scorpaeniformes') AND ((Species.Genus) = 'Pterois') AND ((Species.Subfamily) = 'Pteroinae') And ((FAMILIES.Class)='Actinopterygii') ORDER BY species.genus, species.species Fish Identification
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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Scorpaenidae Scorpionfishes or rockfishes
Subfamily: Pteroinae
Genus: Pterois

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Photo by Allen, G.R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Pterois andover Allen & Erdmann, 2008

Photo by Allen, G.R.
Pterois andover
[Andover lionfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Max. Length 20 cm TL
Pterois antennata (Bloch, 1787)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Pterois antennata
[Broadbarred firefish]
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Western Indian Ocean

Pterois brevipectoralis

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Max. Length 35 cm TL
Pterois lunulata Temminck & Schlegel, 1843

Photo by Shao, K.T.
Pterois lunulata
[Luna lion fish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 35 cm SL
Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828)

Photo by Patzner, R.
Pterois miles
[Devil firefish]

Photo by Goebbels, D.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Pterois mombasae (Smith, 1957)

Photo by Goebbels, D.
Pterois mombasae
[Frillfin turkeyfish]

Photo by Greenfield, J.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 14.4 cm SL
Pterois paucispinula Matsunuma & Motomura, 2015

Photo by Greenfield, J.
Pterois paucispinula

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Max. Length 24 cm TL
Pterois radiata Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Pterois radiata
[Radial firefish]

Photo by Brennan, L.

Max. Length 30 cm SL
Pterois russelii Bennett, 1831

Photo by Brennan, L.
Pterois russelii
[Plaintail turkeyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Pterois sphex Jordan & Evermann, 1903

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Pterois sphex
[Hawaiian turkeyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 38 cm TL
Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Patzner, R.
Pterois volitans
[Red lionfish]

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Pterois andover Andover lionfish Western Pacific 23 TL 2008
Pterois antennata Broadbarred firefish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1787
Pterois brevipectoralis Western Indian Ocean 2002
Pterois lunulata Luna lion fish Indo-Pacific 35 TL 1843
Pterois miles Devil firefish Indian Ocean 35 SL 1828
Pterois mombasae Frillfin turkeyfish Indo-West Pacific 20 SL 1957
Pterois paucispinula Indo-West Pacific 14.4 SL 2015
Pterois radiata Radial firefish Indo-Pacific 24 TL 1829
Pterois russelii Plaintail turkeyfish Indo-Pacific 30 SL 1831
Pterois sphex Hawaiian turkeyfish Eastern Central Pacific 22 TL 1903
Pterois volitans Red lionfish Pacific Ocean 38 TL 1758

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