Volitan Common Lionfish - Pterois lunulata - Luna Lion - Turkeyfish - Butterfly Cod - Devilfish - Black Volitan Lion Fish
Volitan Common Lionfish - Pterois lunulata The Volitan lionfish is commonly known as turkish fish. When someone states they have a lionfish, this is usually the fish they are describing. The most common lionfish in the hobby, the Volitans lionfish are hardy and pollution tolerant lionfish that are great inhabitants for a large aquarium. In the wild, Volitans lions spend dawn/dusk periods in open water in search of foods (primarily fish), and frequently travel in packs of multiple animals (5 or more). During the daylight hours, they head to cave openings and protected structures for safety. The coloration of Volitans lions is both variable and attractive. These fish are generally sold in two color morphs: a red form with reddish/brown stripes, and a black morph, with black markings. The amount of black or red varies with the collection locale of these fish, and even solid black Volitans lions have been seen at my local fish stores. Juvenile Volitans lions have wonderful busy vertical stripes alternating with lighter and white outlines. The pectoral fins are disproportionately long; each ray is individually webbed, and the center of the pectoral fin is frequently clear. As these fish age, the striped body pattern becomes more diffuse and the pectoral fins "appear" to shorten, resulting in a squatty large-bodied fish with short fins. Maximum Size:
This species grows to 15 inches in length. General Size:
This Volitan lionfish is about seven to eight inches in length. Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
A 55 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Volitan lionfish. Tank Conditions:
The Volitan 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 Volitan lionfish occurs on coral reefs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia, the Volitan 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 Volitan lionfish diet consist of meaty foods such as live shrimps and sometimes crustacean flesh. They are carnivorous.