Antennata Lionfish

Greek Name: (Pterois antennata)



The Antennata Lionfish, also known as the Ragged-finned Fish also known as Spotfin Lionfish, has red black, white, and vertical stripes that run along the body. Its most distinctive feature is its fan-shaped, large pectoral fins, as well as the long dorsal fins. They are quill-like and with no connective tissue, which gives them a spiny appearance.

A 50-gallon or bigger aquarium with a lot of hiding places is ideal. The shrimp will hide as it adjusts to its new habitat and requires an adequate supply of ghost shrimp. The spines that line the pelvic, dorsal and anal fins are poisonous and cause reactions that are similar to bee stings however, they are stronger.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp are utilized to lure the fish to consume. After acclimating to the diet, it should include meaty food like living shrimp (including ornamental shrimp) as well as live fish and, sometimes crustacean flesh.

Approximate Size of Purchase: Small: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″; Medium: 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″; Large: 3-1/2″ to 5″


Care Level




Color Form

Black, Red, White



Reef Compatible

With Caution

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

1' 3"


Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka



Minimum Tank

120 gallons


General information on Antennata Lionfish

The Antennata Lionfish has red, white with black horizontal stripes on the body. Its most distinctive characteristic is its huge pectoral fins that resemble fan-shaped and long dorsal fins and venomous spines. They are without connective tissue, giving them a spiny appearance. An aquarium of medium size with lots of hiding spots is ideal. It will hide when it is adjusting to its new surroundings and needs to be supplied with an adequate supply of ghost shrimp.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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