What is lionfish?

Lionfish is a venomous marine fish with coloration of red, white, creamy or black bands. Native to Indo-Pacific, these species are often harmful to humans. Its lifespan ranges from 5 to 15 years.

A new research revealed that these fishes are rapidly becoming invasive species and threatening the inhabitants at the Brazilian coast. These species reached the north Atlantic Ocean less than 3 decades ago. They are currently becoming a threat to the marine ecosystems in the region, especially to the coral reefs in regions spanning between the northeast coast of the US and the Caribbean Islands.

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