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Old 11-22-2002, 07:05 PM   #1
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Dwarf Zebra Lion Venomous?

Is the Dwarf Zebra Lion venemous like the other lions?
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i thought all lions were venemous. not for sure though.
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Did a GOOGLE search and came up with.

http://www.marinedepotlive.com/573514.html

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Dwarf Zebra Lion - Dendrochirus zebra
Also known as: Zebra Lionfish, Dwarf Lion
The Dendrochirus zebra grows up to 7 inches. The small size will come to you generally 1 to 3 inches; the medium generally 3 to 5 inches; the large generally 5 to 8 inches. The Dwarf Zebra Lion prefers a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. The Dendrochirus zebra is a carnivore and likes to eat variety of live foods (shrimp & fish). The Dwarf Zebra Lion is a medium maintenance fish and may act aggressively toward other fish. It is a venomous fish, top spines. If stung, just treat with hot water. Keep with caution in a reef aquarium; may eat/nip at ornamental shrimps & smaller fish. Dendrochirus zebra (Cuvier 1829), the Zebra Turkeyfish, is the most common dwarf lion is similar in many ways and degrees to P. antennata and P. sphex. The one sure distinguishing mark of D. zebra is the presence of two white spheres on it's caudal peduncle. Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F). The Dwarf Zebra Lion is commonly collected from the Indian Ocean.
It is a venomous fish, top spines. If stung, just treat with hot water.
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Old 11-22-2002, 08:36 PM   #4
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thank you very much for spending your time looking for that info! Thats pretty cool that it says just treat with hot water
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Old 11-22-2002, 09:23 PM   #5
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That is a common treatment for many poisons, the hot water destabalizes the venom. I can tell you from first hand experience they are venomous and it hurts quite a bit. I wish my hand had fallen off, for a period of several hours. That was after the hot water treatment.
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Ouch, that sounds a little nasty.

http://www.liveaquaria.com is another site where I did some research.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...=21&pCatId=230

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The top spines are venomous, causing reactions similar to a bee sting.
That has got to be some "BAD AS*" BEE that they are comparing it too.
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Old 11-22-2002, 09:32 PM   #7
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I believe the venom is very close to the same between the dwarfs and the volitan. The dwarf that stung me, was about 6" long (pretty big dwarf), the amount of venom delivered will determine the extent of the pain. I have also been stung by a 9" Volitan, there is no comparison between the two. When I was hit by the volitan, I wasn't anywhere near a supply of hot water, it was about 1/2 hour before I was able to treat. It was pure agony.
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The cover story of this months ReefKeeping Online magazine is on Lionfish. You might want to check it out.

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