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Hawaiian turkeyfish
(Pterois sphex)
walrus
Description
They have thirteen dorsal spines and about 50-55 vertical scale rows. They have venomous spines which are their defense against being gobbled up by larger predators. They have greenish-yellow/orange-tan spots on its caudal and median fins.
They show the typical striped lionfish pattern, with alternating red/brown and white vertical bands. This species is the smallest of the medium-bodied lionfishes. They are one of the two lionfishes that are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.
Dimensions
They average from 7 to 8 inches in length.
Diet
They feed primarily on crustaceans. They also can eat fish, shrimp, squid, lobster, etc.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit lagoons and seaward reefs slopes, typically found in caves and overhangs by day. This particular species is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It is not found elsewhere naturally.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS NOT EVALUATED.

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