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Genus: Pterois, Lionfishes, Firefishes


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D XII-XIII, v elongate spines, deep notches between them
pectoral v long, 12-17 unbranched rays, deeply indented membranes

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PTEROIS

FIREFISHES, LIONFISHES

Body moderately compressed; head large and spiny; dorsal fin with XII-XIII very elongate spines (longer than body depth in most species), membranes deeply indented between spines, fin deeply notched between spines and rays; pectoral fin long, reaching well past anal fin base, 12-17 unbranched rays, deeply indented membranes between rays; body scaled.

An Indo-central Pacific genus with 7 species; one introduced to the SE US.