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Habitat: known from Mauritius to the Society Islands, north to Japan and south to Australia
Status: No Conservation Concerns
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I figured it would be appropriate to have the Twinspot Turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) as today’s featured creature. Though, the fish does go by a couple other aliases, including the Fu Manchu Lionfish (check out the ‘stache!) and the Twinspot Lionfish.  

Lionfish are poisonous creatures. Their pelvic, pectoral and dorsal fins are equipped with venomous spines that you definitely don’t want to mess with. If you get pricked, you will experience intense pain and swelling in the area. If you ever happen to be stung by a Twinspot Turkeyfish, you’re going to want to put hot water on the area (as hot as you can stand without burning yourself) as the heat acts to denature the proteins in the venom which prevents it from spreading throughout your body. 

P.s. Today I’m thankful for having you guys as dedicated readers! Hope you’re enjoying the site 🙂