Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828)
Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Pterois miles

English Name: Devil firefish

Creole Name: Laf volan

French Name: Rascasse volante

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 13; Dorsal rays: 9-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 6-7.

Reddish to tan or grey in colour, with numerous thin dark bars on body and head; tentacle above eye may be faintly banded. Adults have a band of small spines along the cheek and small spots in the median fins.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 35cm SL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits coral reefs and rocky areas and sandy or seagrass bottoms near rocky areas (depth 0-85m). Usually solitary, but occasionally in small groups.

Opportunistic carnivores, primarily eating other fish and crustaceans. Eggs and larvae are pelagic. All non-caudal spines are venomous and potentially lethal to humans.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not caught in the artisanal fishery.


Venomous. Do not touch. Fins highly venomous, may cause human death.


Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. 2020. FishBase. Pterois miles. (02/04/20).

Motomura, H. & Matsuura, K. 2015. Pterois miles. The IUCN Red List 2015: e.T190475A57243715.  (02/04/20).

Smith, M & Heemstra, P Eds. (1999). Smiths’ Sea Fishes Edition 6. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 10.1007/978-3-642-82858-4


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