lionfish

noun
li·on·fish | \ˈlī-ən-ˌfish \

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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Andrés's fried preparation is delicious — rendering juicy, flaky fillets — but the real reason the creature found its way onto the menu has more do to with the fact that lionfish are killing off the local fish population and harming the coral reef. refinery29.com, "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018 How sick of the lionfish is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission? Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them," 20 June 2018 One of the signature dishes at Fish is a whole fried lionfish, which is expertly presented for maximum Instagrammability. refinery29.com, "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018 With wild fish stocks declining and imported farmed seafood concerns around sustainability and antibiotics rising, Bay Area seafood companies have started to bring in other invasive seafood species in recent years, such as Asian carp and lionfish. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area men’s plan to market invasive fish from Mexico hits snag in U.S.," 2 July 2018 While all of that is great news for Belize, Root points out that the reef still faces challenges from increasing cruise-ship tourism and development, an invasion of lionfish, which decimate other tropical species, and pollution runoff. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List," 28 June 2018 In addition to poison dart frogs and venomous snakes, visitors will see exhibits on Snow White, and dangerous creatures in the Aquarium (lionfish, scorpionfish, stonefish, rabbitfish and more). Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "The best museum exhibits in the USA for summer 2018," 4 June 2018 Chefs in Curaçao have developed recipes featuring the omega 3-rich lionfish, and one local business is using the fish to create artisanal jewelry. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Greenland, dog sleds were used to rush ballots to remote polling areas," 31 May 2018 Curaçao, entrepreneurs are working to turn the invasive lionfish into a sustainable industry. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Greenland, dog sleds were used to rush ballots to remote polling areas," 31 May 2018

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circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

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