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Biology and Ecology of Lionfish

The Issue

The lionfish invasion is an unprecedented event for the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean. The biological and ecological underlying mechanisms that have facilitated this event are many and confounded by interactions with native organisms, temperature regimes much different from the lionfishes native range, and the lack of baseline information on the species.

Since the lionfish were first documented as established, CCFHR has lead many investigations into the biology and ecology of lionfish.

Research Focus

  • Descriptions of lionfish biology including taxonomy and genetics, reproduction, early life history and dispersal, venomology, feeding ecology, age and growth and parasitology.
  • Use of color and stripe patterns for identification
  • Site fidelity in lionfish using acoustic telemetry and external tags.

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