Are Lionfish Fast Breeders?
It can be said that lionfish are the fastest breeding fish species found in the Western Atlantic Basin. A female lionfish reaches maturity after approximately 1 year. Mature female lionfish can produce 25,000-30,000 eggs every 3-4 days. This means in the Caribbean, a single female lionfish can spawn over 2 million eggs per year!
A lionfish can become capable of reproducing in their first year of life. In comparison, most fish native to the western Atlantic and Bermuda areas take 3 to 5 years before becoming capable of reproduction. This means lionfish are able to breed much earlier than other species and in much greater quantities.
Once becoming capable of reproduction, a lionfish breeds throughout the year. It is estimated that lionfish have been able to populate a million square miles of ocean in 10 years
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