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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Scorpaenidae Scorpionfishes or rockfishes
Subfamily: Pteroinae
Genus: Pterois

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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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