General info about Mombasa Lionfish
It is frequently mistaken with Antennata as well as the Spotfin Lionfish as the two have a similar appearance. Mombasa Lionfish is distinct from Antennata Lionfish due to their shorter pectoral fin filaments, bigger eyes, distinctive barring pattern at the base of their tails, as well as the absence of the dark spots on their pectoral fins. Similar to its more famous counterpart the Mombasa Lionfish can be described as a stunning fish with distinctive pectoral fin filaments which resemble wings. It is believed that the Mombasa Lionfish originates from the Indian Ocean, and is often exportable from East Africa, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. They are a frequent visitor to deeper waters and are located on reefs off the coast and reef slopes, ranging in depth between 50 and 130 feet. The Mombasa Lionfish is best kept in a large or medium aquarium that has the addition of a few structures and overhangs for hiding spots. The ideal arrangement should be aquascaped with live rocks to provide shelter, with areas of open swimming to allow for the stunning open fins in this particular species. The species is a nighttime hunter and is usually found perched on rocks as well as under an overhang in daytime. Be aware the fact that predators like Mombasa Lionfish are known to eat tiny fish, small shrimp, and other crustaceans that are in the tank. The spines on the dorsal and anterior fins on the Mombasa Lionfish are venomous therefore, you must be extremely cautious when cleaning your aquarium or handling the species. If you get stung it will cause a reaction like a bee’s sting, but a bit more severe.