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Lion In Wait: How Citizens Helped Scientists Identify a Rapid Invasion of Lionfish

This article is from Issue Citizen Science - Vol. 19 No. 1.

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Over the past decade, humans have introduced two species of Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles) into the Atlantic Ocean. These fishes have been seen in a wide range of Atlantic marine habitats, including coral reefs, hard bottoms, seagrass meadows, mangroves, and oyster reefs. Sightings in different habitats mean that Indo-Pacific lionfish are found across a wide area, making it difficult to track their expanding numbers. In this research, the scientists wanted to compare the different ways that information is collected about Indo-Pacific lionfish in an area of the Gulf of Mexico.

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