Fu Manchu Lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)

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Fu Manchu Lionfish

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Fu Manchu Lionfish

Dendrochirus biocellatus

114 Litres (30 US G.)

8.9-10.2cm (3.5-4 ")


8.2 - 8.4

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-15 years



Additional names

Fu Manchu Lionfish, Twospot Turkeyfish, Twinspot Lionfish, Ocellated Lionfish

Additional scientific names

Nemapterois biocellata


It's very difficult to sex Lionfish, and breeding in captivity has so far been unsuccessful.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Can be kept with other members of the Scorpionfish or Rockfish family. However will attempt to eat any fish smaller than itself.

Environment specifics[edit]

Needs a spacious tank with room to hide if necessary in and around live rock.


Not a highly active fish, may slowly swim around the tank, perch on rocks or hide in crevices.


The Lionfish is one of the most venomous fish on the ocean bottom floor. Lionfish have venomous dorsal spines that are used purely for defence. When threatened, the fish often faces its attacker in a head-down posture which brings its spines to bear. However, a Lionfish's sting is usually not fatal to humans. If a human is envenomed, that person will experience extreme pain, and possibly headaches, vomiting, and breathing difficulties. A common treatment is soaking the afflicted area in hot water, as very few hospitals carry specific treatments. (Erickson.)However, immediate emergency medical treatment is still advised, as some people are more susceptible to the venom than others.[1]


  1. Aldred B, Erickson T, Lipscomb J (November 1996). "Lionfish envenomations in an urban wilderness". Wilderness Environ Med 7 (4): 291–6. PMID 11990126.


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