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The Lionfish Invasion!

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An adult lionfish in all its glory

An adult lionfish in all its glory! Note the fan-like pectoral fins and slender, straight dorsal spines. (Photo credit: John Randall; U.S. Geological Survey)


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Lionfish-A New Invasive Species for the East Coast
http://shrimp.ccfhrb.noaa.gov/
lionfish/index.html

A central Web site for information about the ongoing lionfish research at  NOAA's Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Marine Bioinvasions
http://massbay.mit.edu/exoticspecies/index.html

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.

Invasivespecies.gov

http://www.invasivespecies.gov/

Invasivespecies.gov 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.

ESCAPE-Exotic Species Curriculum for Agricultural Problem-solving Education
http://www.unk.edu/acad/biology/hoback/escape/home.html

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. Includes quizzes!

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Exotic Introductions
http://darwin.bio.uci.edu/~sustain/bio65/lec09/b65lec09.htm

A hypertextbook from an online UC-Irvine course. This Web site provides an 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
http://www.epa.gov/owow/invasive_species/index.html

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
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/
Pterois_volitans.html

Detailed information about the biology, ecology and classification of the lionfish (Pterois volitans), including photos and movies.

Biological Profiles: Red Lionfish http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/RedLionfish/
RLionfish.html

A detailed biological profile of the lionfish from the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Lionfish in North Carolina
http://www.atlantischarters.net/lionfish.htm

A chronicle of original lionfish sightings in the Atlantic Ocean by divers on a charter boat in 2001.

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Problems with the Release of Exotic Fish
http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/fish/docs/dont_rel.asp

This 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.

The Problem
http://globallast.imo.org/problem.htm

Many alien species have "hitched a ride" in the ballast tanks of large ships. A concise explanation of how exotic species are introduced to new areas when ships discharge their ballast water.

Nova's Deep Sea Invasion
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/algae/

This 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. Includes interviews, interactive games, and general background materials on invasive species.

Ecosystem Services Fact Sheet
http://www.esa.org/education/edupdfs/ecosystemservices.pdf

An excellent introduction to the services that ecosystems provide to humans from the Ecological Society of America.

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