Zebra Lionfish (species: Dendrochirus zebra) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Dendrochirus zebra
Zebra Lionfish

©Anne Hoggett: Dendrochirus zebra at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks: Dendrochirus zebra in the Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Scorpaenidae
Genus Dendrochirus
Species Dendrochirus zebra



Distinguishing features

Pectoral fins are large with membranes joining the rays to the tips, with radiating dark bands. Six broad dark bars on body with a narrower dark bar in the pale space separating them.


  • Up to 18 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
  • View all references