Lionfish-A New Invasive Species for the East Coast
This is the central Web site for
information about the ongoing lionfish research
Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research
in Beaufort, North Carolina.
Here is a wealth of information about
marine alien invaders from the MIT Sea Grant
Center for Coastal Resources. Follow the
links on this page to additional resources
on marine introductions, including information
on ballast water, aquaculture, rapid assessment
surveys, and so on.
is the gateway to Federal and state government
efforts concerning invasive species. On this
site you can learn about the impacts of invasive
species and the Federal government's response,
as well as select species profiles. There
are also links to agencies and organizations
dealing with invasive species issues.
Species Curriculum for Agricultural Problem-solving
This site allows students to play the role of
scientist and to test various hypotheses about
alien invaders. It also provides information
on what makes alien invaders successful in
their new habitats. After learning about them,
students become an active participant in reducing
the impact of alien species by learning how
to tell a native thistle from an exotic one.
This is a
hypertextbook used in an online University
of California-Irvine course. It provides an excellent introduction
to exotic (or alien) species, information on
exotic plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates,
a description of their secondary effects, and
an explanation of how these species are introduced
to new areas.
Environmental Protection Agency's Invasive Species Site
This is the home page of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
Web site on invasive species. This Web site has links to many resources
on alien species.
Animal Diversity Web-Pterois volitans
This website has a wealth of detailed information about the biology,
ecology and classification of the lionfish (Pterois volitans),
including photos and movies.
Profiles: Red Lionfish http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/RedLionfish/
This website provides a detailed biological profile of the lionfish
from the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Lionfish in North Carolina
This website is a chronicle of the original lionfish sightings in
the Atlantic Ocean by divers on a charter boat in 2001.
Problems with the Release of Exotic Fish
Web site explains why you should not release aquarium life, including
fish, into natural waters, and suggests alternative means to
get rid of unwanted pet fish.
alien species have "hitched a ride" in the ballast
tanks of large ships: This is a concise explanation of how exotic
species are introduced to new areas when ships discharge their ballast
Deep Sea Invasion
Web site features the NOVA television program on the toxic aquarium plant
that was accidentally released into the Mediterranean Sea, overwhelming
the marine life and threatening to spread worldwide. This "killer
alga" could become a serious threat to America's warmest coastlines.
The site includes interviews, interactive games, and general background
materials on invasive species.
Ecosystem Services Fact Sheet
This fact sheet from the Ecological Society of America is an
excellent introduction to the services that ecosystems provide to humans.