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Lionfish Globular Growths Above Eyes

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#1 Nick Hope

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:14 PM

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Some lionfish, especially Pterois volitans, exhibit swollen, globular growths above the eye, and below the supraocular tentacles. These 2 individuals are from the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, and I have observed this occasionally in the Andaman Sea too. Does anyone know what causes these growths and if they have any purpose?



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