Shortfin lionfish

Shortfin lionfish

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Caption: Shortfin lionfish (Dendrochirus brachypterus). This fish is found near reefs and weed-covered rocks in the shallow lagoons of the Indo-Pacific. It is nocturnal, emerging at night to feed on small crustaceans. Its decorative fins conceal venomous spines, which the lionfish uses to defend itself against predators. Photographed in Kungkungan Bay, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Keywords: animal, bony fish, dendrochirus brachypterus, indo-pacific, indonesia, indonesian, kungkungan bay, lionfish, marine, nature, nocturnal, ocean, pisces, poisonous, sea, shortfin, sulawesi, toxic, tropical, underwater, venomous, wildlife, zoology

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