Common Lionfish - Conservation Creature Plush


Common Lionfish (Pterois volitans) have long, flowing fins and are equipped with 18 venomous spines. They have red and black striped bodies and are slow swimmers. They are native to the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific and South Pacific, including REEF’s CIP and SOP regions. However, they are an invasive species in the Western Atlantic Ocean. Since the first invasive lionfish sighting in 1985, these fish have had dramatic impacts on marine ecosystems. Invasive lionfish are found through the Western Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, in REEF’s TWA and SAS regions.

REEF Conservation Creatures are iconic marine species from REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project regions. These marine creatures highlight the diversity of ocean ecosystems and encourage understanding and respect for marine life. We hope they inspire you to join REEF and learn more about the marine environment!

Each plush comes with a Conservation Card that provides information about the critter's habitat, characteristics, potential threats, and global distribution in REEF's Survey Project regions.

Choose a plush marine animal from your favorite REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project region, or collect all of the creatures for a diverse and cuddly array of ocean life!

In addition to the Common Lionfish, be sure to check out the other fun critters in our REEF Conservation Creatures series hereCollect the entire collection!!

Buy any 3 Conservation Creatures for $25.