Antennata Lionfish - Pterois antennata - Ragged-finned Firefish - Spotfin Lion Fish
Antennata Lionfish - Pterois antennata The Antennata lionfish is known as the spot-finned Lionfish, are a hardy, medium-sized lionfish for the home aquarium. Antennata lionfish are beautifully marked with alternating vertical bands of reds, whites, and browns, and are readily identified by their pectoral fins which possess webbing that connects only halfway up the fin ray. This membranous area has one or more dark spots resembling eyespots. The posterior portion of each fin ray is whitish and extends to past the caudal peduncle on the ventral portion of the pectoral fin; each fin ray is independent and not connected by webbing. There are no readily identifiable sexual markings on these fish. In the home aquarium Antennata lionfish are shy and will spend a lot of their initial time in the tank hiding. If multiple Antennata lions are present, the aquarist will need to ensure that each has its own hiding spot. Maximum Size:
This species grows to 9 inches in length. General Size:
This Antennata lionfish is about seven inches in length. Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
A 55 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Antennata lionfish. Tank Conditions:
The Antennata lionfish should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023. Habitat:
The Antennata lionfish occurs on coral reefs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia, the Antennata lionfish is known from central to north-western Western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef south to northern New South Wales and Indian ocean. Feeding and Diet:
The Antennata lionfish diet consist of meaty foods such as live shrimps and sometimes crustacean flesh. They are carnivorous.