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Targeted census of lionfishes (Scorpaenidae) reveals high densities in their native range.

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Abstract

Indo-Pacific lionfishes generally exhibit cryptic behaviours and so can be missed when conducting non-targeted surveys. Here, the authors report the results from targeted surveys of lionfish at Moorea, French Polynesia. Lionfish from three species (Pterois antennata, Pterois radiata, Dendrochirus biocellatus) were observed at a mean density of 267 individuals ha-1 . This is substantially higher than previous estimates from the same area (Moorea) and represents the highest reported density of lionfishes from their Pacific range. Overall, this study highlights the importance of targeted survey techniques for detecting cryptic species on coral reefs.

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Funder: Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


Funder: Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship


Funder: Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs and the CRIOBE (Centre for Island Research and Environmental Observatory)

Keywords

Dendrochirus, French Polynesia, Moorea, Pterois, coral reefs, lionfish, Animals, Censuses, Introduced Species, Perciformes, Coral Reefs, Predatory Behavior

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J Fish Biol

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0022-1112
1095-8649

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Wiley