With our November issue we have taken a
slightly different approach; this month we have a single focus:
"Things With Stings." To put it bluntly, this
issue packs a punch!!
Kicking the issue off, Frank Marini begins
with a comprehensive discussion of lionfish and their care
Lionfish Info Sheet: Captive Care and Home Husbandry.
In a similar vein, Henry Schultz examines another portion
of the family Scorpaenidae in his Fish Tales column, Scorpionfish:
Masters of Camouflage. Given the ability of these
creatures to issue a powerful sting, this issue would be remiss
without a discussion of the issues involved in receiving a
sting from a lionfish, and James Fatherree addresses these
concerns with his article: Lionfish
Envenomations and the Aquarist. Continuing with the
theme, Dr. Ron Shimek offers a thorough article detailing
the coldwater Scorpaenid species in his column entitled, Coldwater
Scorpaenids - The Rockfishes of the Northeastern Pacific.
And, as if that were not enough, Eric Borneman presents a
detailed treatment of some of the more potent stinging corals,
the Fire corals, in this month's column entitled, Venomous
Corals: The Fire Corals. Rounding out the theme, a
vivid first hand description of an actual lionfish sting is
presented by Sandra Shoup in her short article, The
Enjoy, and beware!