Lionfish #5

Lionfish #5

Regular price $65.00

Lionfish #5

Lion Fish rendering acrylic painting, size 6x6

Artist: Lisa Kling

Colors: Cerulean Blue background with fish of taupe, orange and brown.

Background on Lionfish from https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/lionfish-facts.html
The lionfish, a longstanding showstopper in home aquariums, is a flourishing invasive species in U.S. Southeast and Caribbean coastal waters. This invasive species has the potential to harm reef ecosystems because it is a top predator that competes for food and space with overfished native stocks such as snapper and grouper. Scientists fear that lionfish will also kill off helpful species such as algae-eating parrotfish, allowing seaweed to overtake the reefs. In the U.S., the lionfish population is continuing to grow and increase its range. This is largely because lionfish have no known predators and reproduce all year long; a mature female releases roughly two million eggs a year.