Butterfly Cod

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“A butterfly cod is a beautiful fish enlightening the beautiful form of its pectral and dorsal fins”.

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Butterfly Cod

  1. 1. Butterfly cod<br />Pterois volitans Linnaeus<br />Description on butterfly cod:<br /><ul><li>Butterfly cod has number of common names zebra fish, fire cod, lion fish. Volitans lionfish, red firefish, common lion fish.
  2. 2. The butterfly cod is more common in shallow waters around the coral reefs of northern, tropical waters.
  3. 3. It grows to a length of 37 centimeters
  4. 4. The butterfly cod usually rests motionless on the bottom until a small fish comes near. It then spreads its fins like a net to drive the fish into a suitable position for attack.</li></ul>Distribution:widespread Indo-central Pacific, northern Australia, southern WA to southern NSW Family :Scorpaenidae - scorpionfish<br />Physical Description<br />Butterfly cod are recognized with their long, bright, feather-like fins and distinctive red, maroon and white stripes. Fleshy tentacles will be found near the eyes and mouths. Most species display an excellent ability to camouflage themselves by changing color when alarmed. The lionfish can reach over a foot in length.<br />Size/Age/Growth<br />Males have larger heads than females and their pectoral fins are longer. <br />Length: 37 cm (15 in) <br />Habitation<br />They usually Hides in unexposed places at daytime often with head down and practically immobile . typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -6,737 meters (0 to -22,103 feet). The butterfly cod usually rests motionless on the bottom until a small fish comes near. It then spreads its fins like a net to drive the fish into a suitable position for attack.<br />Diet<br />As normal they hunt at night for small fish, shrimp and crab.<br />Venomous:<br />The spines of the Fish are venomous and if we get pricked it may be fairly painful and we must probably seek medical attention. <br />“A butterfly cod is a beautiful fish enlightening the beautiful form of its pectral and dorsal fins”.<br />

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