The Dwarf Lionfish is a small species that has distinct spotted bands on the pectoral fins. It occurs in tropical and warm temperate waters of the Indo-Pacific region.
The Dwarf Lionfish has large pectoral fins with distinct spotted bands. There is usually a short tentacle above the eye and variably developed leafy appendages on the head and lateral line.
The 13 venomous dorsal spines are about the same length or slightly shorter than the greatest body depth.
Body colouration is variable from red to brown.
It occurs on coastal reefs and in estuaries.
It is known from marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it occurs from south-western Western Australia around the tropical north and south to southern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
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