Which are the world’s most poisonous fish? Which fish are venomous enough to kill swimmers and divers? This article presents five of the world’s most venomous fish that make about 1200 species poisonous to man and other vertebrates.
Studies reveal that there are more poisonous fishes than snakes. About 1200 fish species are venomous and therefore dangerous to humans. More than 50,000 swimmers are bitten by poisonous fishes every year leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Which are the world’s most dangerous fishes? Which fishes are the most poisonous?
- The Lionfish – These are various species of fishes belonging to the family scorpaenidae. They are very colorful and have long and separated spines instead of fishes. They are widely referred to as scorpion fishes, or turkey fish.
- Pufferfish – Known as Fugu is Japanese and variously referred to as baloonfish, blowfish or bubble fish, the pufferfish are some of the most poisonous fishes today. They have four large teeth fused into an upper and lower plate, thin hidden spines and feed on crustaceans and mollusks.
- Stonefishes – They are highly venomous and dangerous to humans. They produce powerful neurotoxins that from their dorsal fin spines when threatened. They look like stones making it very easy for swimmers and divers to step upon them.
- Stargazers – They are a family of marine fish that have eyes on top of their heads. They are mainly found in shallow waters and often burry themselves in sand from where they leap to ambush any prey that may pass by. They have poisonous spines and can also produce electric shocks.
- Toadfish – They are ray finned fish that appear like toads. The males have a swim bladder that can ‘sing’ in order to attract potential mates. They do not have scales, have large heads and with eyes set higher.
These are the world’s most venomous fish. Fish that are poisonous enough to kill human swimmers and divers or those who feed on some of their body parts.