Lionfish invading the Mediterranean Sea

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A lionfish specimen photographed in the Mediterranean. Credit: Maria Papinikola Plymouth University URL [https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/lionfish-invading-the-mediterranean-sea]
A lionfish specimen photographed in the Mediterranean. Credit: Maria Papinikola
Plymouth University URL
[https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/lionfish-invading-the-mediterranean-sea]

Rising sea temperatures in the Mediterranean are encouraging alien lionfish species to invade and colonise new territories with potentially serious ecological and socioeconomic impacts.

Evidence collated from divers and fishermen reveals that in the space of a year, the venomous predators have colonised Cyprus – and these may be at the vanguard of a pan-Atlantic Ocean invasion following the widening and deepening of the Suez Canal.

The report, published in Marine Biodiversity Records, was written by Mr Demetris Kletou, of the Marine & Environmental Research Lab, in Limassol, Cyprus; and Professor Jason Hall-Spencer, of the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University.

 

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