LIONFISH + MORE

These beautiful fish have beautiful flowing dorsal spines and wide pectoral fins that may resemble the regal mane of the male lion. Though, you might not want to get too close, its spines deliver a powerful, venomous sting!

Much like its namesake, the lionfish is the king of its ecosystem! It is native to the Indo-Pacific waters but has become an aggressively invasive species in the western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. With no known predators, its population is steadily growing. Not even sharks go after these ornate invaders!

Lionfish are harmful to coral reefs and have been shown to destroy the wellbeing of other native marine life. This is the second tank in a 2-tank display. Lionfish will eat all the other fish in the area so although it appears that they share a tank with other species, these are actually two separate tanks.   

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Also in this exhibit you may see a long spine porcupinefish. The unique features of this fish give it protection against predators. When threatened, it will fill its body with air or water, which makes its body swell like a balloon. This makes it too large to fit into the predator’s mouth and the extended spines make it even less desirable. The teeth of both the upper and lower jaws of this fish are fused, forming a solid, heavy beak, making cracking the shells of snails, sea urchins and hermit crabs easy. 

SHREVEPORT AQUARIUM
  1. TRIGGERFISH + MORE
  2. MORE TROPICAL FISH
  3. PORKFISH + MORE
  4. SKUNK CLOWNFISH + MORE
  5. BURRFISH + MORE
  6. LIONFISH + MORE
  7. POISON DART FROGS
  8. BABY ALLIGATORS
  9. ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES
  10. SALVINIA
  11. ALBINO COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE
  12. POND TURTLES
  13. SHORELINE TOUCHPOOLS
  14. COMMON OCTOPUS
  15. SPOTTED SPINY LOBSTERS
  16. MORAY EELS + MORE
  17. SHARK TUNNEL
  18. STINGRAYS
  19. HORSESHOE CRABS + MORE
  20. JAWFISH + MORE
  21. EQUIPMENT ROOM
  22. MOON JELLIES
  23. ANTHIAS
  24. PAJAMA CARDINALFISH
  25. CLOWNFISH + MORE
  26. SWELL SHARKS + MORE
  27. SEA NETTLES
  28. LIVE CORAL TANK