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Lionfish: What to do if You Get Stung

Common Lionfish in the Indo-Pacific

Common Lionfish in the Indo-Pacific

 I put a few posts up recently about lionfish but this is the last one I’ll share, I promise, but it’s an interesting subject that causes a lot of discussion and might find a few respondents out there? I quite like the scientific word for stings, envenomation. It sounds more impressive than ‘getting stung’. I have never met anyone who has been envenomed (if that is actually a word), but maybe readers of this post have and might share?… More:

Finding a Market for Lionfish

honestly, this was delicious

honestly, this was delicious

  
In an earlier post I wrote about how divers kill and catch the non-native lionfish that are causing so much trouble in the waters around the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean.  The methodology is simple, kill them as humanely as you can, take care with the spines, but then what…?… More:

Lionfish Cull in the Caribbean

A Lionfish hunts on a wreck in the Indo Pacific, where it ought to be.

A Lionfish hunts on a wreck in the Indo Pacific, where it belongs

 The population explosion of lionfish in the Caribbean and Mexican Gulf is reaching critical levels, and divers are taking measures to help cull the population. The origin of the original (invasive) fish is widely debated, and theories abound: they were deliberately released, they escaped from damaged aquariums during a hurricane or other disaster, or the invasion could have happened through several smaller events. Whatever the origin story may be, the lionfish are chomping through an awful lot of fish across the region, and are doing so freely; their numbers unchecked by predators such as sharks and groupers.… More:

Marcus Elieser Bloch’s 18th Century Fish Art

Bloch was the first to scientifically describe and illustrate the familiar Imperator Angelfish.

Bloch was the first to scientifically describe and illustrate the familiar Imperator Angelfish.

 The study of coral reef fishes is a relatively recent field in ichthyology. The earliest scientific works, by naturalists such as Artedi, Linnaeus and Forsskål, consisted of little more than a series of terse morphological descriptions, completely lacking any accompanying illustrations. For the general public interested in these geographically distant species, a vivid imagination or access to museum specimens was required to have any idea what they looked like.… More:

First Invasive Lionfish Found in Brazilian Waters

Thats right folks the infamous Caribbean species has made its way all the down the coast to Brazilian waters. A single lionfish was speared off the coast and a team of researchers including scientists from the California Academy of Sciences confirmed species analysis through DNA testing. A massive focus has been placed on the finding while scientists urge for a swift intervention plan: “For the past 20 years, invasive lionfishes have been restricted to the Caribbean,” says Luiz Rocha, PhD, Academy curator of ichthyology.fig1 “This new record shows us that lionfishes are capable of reaching far into other areas of the Atlantic, and other countries should be on guard, preparing for them to arrive.” The effort to stem invasion includes minds from all over the globe because the species (Pterois volitans) is particularly aggressive and can consume just about any an reef fish that will fit into its mouth. Rocha adds: “Brazilian fishes are being hit from all sides,” says Rocha. “Overfishing and habitat degradation are pervasive, and not even the most basic fisheries data are being collected. The best—and easiest—way to control an invasion is by trying to slow it down at the start.” Read more here.… More:

UPDATE! Our Lionfish Odd Couple Now Has Footage!


As you recall I previously posted about the strange relationship between Jim Gryczanowski’s Pterois volitan and his Blue Stripe Amphiprion clarkii. Well today I have an exciting update for you with this fantastic video of the adorable duo! Jim reports this behavior has been ongoing for a few weeks now, and while the couple seem comfortable with their living situation, the Clown is reportedly a bit stingy, and has yet to share his food with Mr. Lion. Let’s hope she realizes quickly that you must feed your man if you’d like to stick around. I know for sure Jared would eat me if I didn’t cook a decent meal every once in a while.More:

“Shocking” Not So Shocking Findings About The Lion

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Today’s story comes to us courtesy of Charles Smith! Thanks for your submission, sir, I hope we see more of you in the future.

“National Public Radio recently published the following article to their website, about a young scientist’s experiment exposing lionfish to decreasing levels of salinity:

Sixth Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Shocked! Just shocked!

Meanwhile, aquarium fish keepers have known about this for decades. It’s called hypo-salinity, and it’s an important part of the quarantine procedure. Fish can survive at low salinity; invertebrates cannot. Putting marine fish in low salinity rids them of … More:

They’re baaaack! Lionfish return to New York

IMG_8000sm What can it mean that after a complete absence of lionfish around Long Island, New York, for the last three years, they have suddenly reappeared?… More:


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