li·​on·​fish | \ ˈlī-ən-ˌfish How to pronounce lionfish (audio) \

Definition of lionfish

: any of several scorpaenid fishes (genus Pterois) of the Indian Ocean and the tropical Pacific that are brilliantly striped and barred with elongated fins and venomous dorsal spines

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Rivertail will specialize in local, sustainable seafood, with catch-of-the-day specials (pompano, yellowtail, grouper, lionfish) and a large, island raw bar framed in high-top seating. Phillip Valys,, "Jose Mendin’s Rivertail restaurant docking on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Riverfront," 10 Sep. 2019 Placing the lionfish in a salt water tank, the team observed the robot could successfully swim against a current. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Engineers Built a Robotic Lionfish With an Energetic Bloodstream," 19 June 2019 Join researchers in conducting a survey of invasive lionfish, and assist with their removal and dissection. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 In fact, Shepherd’s initial inspiration for the robo-lionfish wasn’t actually much of a swimmer. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Engineers Built a Robotic Lionfish With an Energetic Bloodstream," 19 June 2019 Other examples of invasive aquatic fish include certain types of tilapia such as blue and Mozambique, rainbow trout, and lionfish. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Invasive species, explained," 5 June 2019 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has banned the private purchase of Burmese pythons, lionfish and several other non-native species that have established wild populations in Florida at the expense of native animals. David Fleshler,, "Florida refuses to ban iguana sales, despite calling on landowners to kill them," 12 July 2019 Similarly, red lionfish, highly venomous aquarium fish introduced into Florida waters in the late 1980s, have significantly diminished the abundance and diversity of marine life on the state’s coral reefs. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "Why you should never release exotic pets into the wild," 3 July 2019 But not just any fish—a lionfish, which has elaborate dorsal and pectoral fins and can perform displays using them. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make a robotic fish with a battery for blood," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of lionfish

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

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