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Friday, February 13, 2009

A new Invasive fish species is being spotted in the Caribbean area

A popular aquarium species known as Lionfish (Pterois miles and Pterois volitans) has rapidly spread throughout the US southeast coast, Bermuda and Bahamas. More recently this new invasive species has been seen in the Southern Caribbean area; however not much is known about its biology and ecology and even less about their impacts in the coral reef ecosystems. A synopsis of lionfish biology and ecology including invasion chronology, taxonomy, local abundance and reproduction can be find in this science paper

Photo source NOAA

Expedition members and staff from both GVI Marine bases here in Mexico keep their eyes open to spot and report this new species.
Photo source Advance Aquarist's online magazine