Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lionfish Spread Unprecedented

Lionfish, Pterois volitans, NOAA Archives, Bugwood.org

The lionfish is the only non-native marine fish species known to not only survive, but reproduce and thrive along the Eastern seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. As predators lionfish have the potential to negatively impact these ecosystems. Lionfish are a popular aquarium species and it is believed this invasion originated when people dumped aquariums along with their living contents into the ocean. To read an article on lionfish in Science Daily, click here.