Reference List

This list includes references used to derive specimen records.

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Ref IDTypeAuthorDateTitle
18194 Other 2008Lionfish sightings in South Caicos, Turks and Caicos.
19422 News 2010Help eliminate invasive fish from Buffalo Bill Reservoir.
29536 Database 2016Lionfish data for batch upload
27035 Journal ArticleAgudo, E.A., and E.K. Salas2014Lionfish abundance, size structure and spatial distribution along the Venezuelan coast (Pterois volitans, Pteroinae: Scorpaenidae).
18977 Journal ArticleAguilar-Perera, A., and A. Tuz-Sulub2010Non-native, invasive Red lionfish (Pterois volitans [Linnaeus, 1758]: Scorpaenidae), is first recorded in the southern Gulf of Mexico, off the northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
24161 DatabaseAkins, L.2008Lionfish Bahamas Collections.
29906 Journal ArticleAlbins, M.A., and M.A. Hixon2013Worst case scenario: potential long-term effects of invasive predatory lionfish (Pterois volitans) on Atlantic and Caribbean coral-reef communities.
18138 OtherAnonymous2008Registros de la Prensecia del Pez Leon (Pterois sp.) en Aguas Marinas de Cuba (Junio-2007 a 16 Septiembre 2008).
26505 NewsAnonymous2013Lionfish caught near packery channel on display at Texas State Aquarium
13501 Web PageAtlantis Charters.2002Lionfish in North Carolina.
24146 DatabaseBonaire National Marine Park.2010Bonaire Lionfish Records.
27625 Journal ArticleByron, D., K.L. Heck, Jr., and M.A. Kennedy2014Presence of juvenile lionfish in a northern Gulf of Mexico nursery habitat.
38810 Journal ArticleCampbell, M.D., A.G. Pollack, K. Thompson, T. Switzer, W.B. Driggers, E.R. Hoffmayer, S. Keenan, C. Gardner, D. Hanisko, K.R. Rademacher, and K. Overly2021Rapid spatial expansion and population increase of invasive lionfish (Pterois spp.) observed on natural habitats in the northern Gulf of Mexico
26985 DatabaseCannister, M.J.20142014 Combined Lionfish Datasets
24369 DatabaseCenter for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.2019EDDMapS: Early detection and distribution mapping system
17879 Journal ArticleChevalier, Pedro P., Elena Gutierrez, Diana Ibarzabal, Sara Romero, Victor Isla, Julio Calderin, and Ernesto Hernandez2008Primer registro de Pterois volitans (Pisces: Scorpaenidae) para aquas cubanas.
19250 DatabaseColes, William.2010Lionfish data from the U.S. Virgin Islands (unpublished).
1869 OtherCourtenay, W.R., Jr.1995Marine fish introductions in southeastern Florida.
26515 NewsDavid Sikes2013Lionfish Threatens Gulf Natives. Species has wreaked havoc on other coasts.
32925 DatabaseEDDMapS2019Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System
27127 DatabaseFaletti, M.20142014 FWC Lionfish Reports from Report Florida Lionfish app.
27301 Journal ArticleFerreira, C.E.L., O.J. Luiz, S.R. Floeter, M.B. Lucena, M.C. Barbosa, C.R. Rocha, and L.A. Rocha.2015First record of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) for the Brazilian Coast.
15859 NewsFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.2006First-known lionfish caught in Florida's Gulf Coast waters.
30279 DatabaseFogg, A.Q.2017Lionfish (Pterois volitans) data from the northern Gulf of Mexico.
29108 Journal ArticleFogg, A.Q., C.F. Ruiz, S.S. Curran and S.A. Bullard2016Parasites from the red lionfish, Pterois volitans from the Gulf of Mexico
18836 Journal ArticleGonzalez, J., M. Grijalba-Bendeck, A. Acero P., and R. Betancur-R2009The invasive red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Linnaeus 1758), in the southwestern Caribbean Sea.
18871 DatabaseGraham, Heather.2009Utila Lionfish worksheet 30-9-09 (unpublished data).
18935 OtherGraham, Heather.2009Utila Lionfish worksheet 12-11.09.xlsx.
30404 Journal ArticleGress, E., Andradi-Brown, D.A., Woodall, L., Schofield, P.J., Stanley, K., and A.D. Rogers.2017Lionfish (Pterois spp.) invade the upperbathyal zone in the western Atlantic
18044 Journal ArticleGuerrero, K.A., and A. Luis Franco2008First record for the Indo-Pacific red lionfish Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) for the Domincan Republic.
24816 Web PageJud, Z.2012Lionfish continue their upriver march
24180 Journal ArticleJud, Z.R., and C.A. Layman2012Site fidelity and movement patterns of invasive lionfish, Pterois spp. in a Florida estuary.
19404 Journal ArticleLasso-Alcala, O.M., and J.M. Posada2010Presence of the invasive red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Linneaus, 1758), on the coast of Venezuela, southeastern Caribbean Sea.
30624 Journal ArticleLeonardo Uriel Arellano-Mendez, Arturo Mora-Olivo, Carlos Zamora-Tovar and Edilia de la Rosa-Manzano2017First report of the invasive red lionfish Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) (Scorpaenidae) on the coast of Tamaulipas, Mexico
35745 Journal ArticleLuiz, O.J., W.C.R. dos Santos, A.P. Marceniuk, L.A. Rocha, S.R. Floeter, C.E. Buck, A.G.C. de M. Klautau and C.E.L. Ferreira2021Multiple lionfish (Pterois spp.) new occurences along the Brazilian coast confirm the invasion pathway into the Southern Atlantic
15617 Journal ArticleMeister, H.S., D.M. Wyanski, J.K. Loefer, S.W. Ross, A.M. Quattrini, and K.J. Sulak2005Further evidence for the invasion and establishment of Pterois volitans (Teleostei: Scorpaenidae) along the Atlantic Coast of the United States.
24098 Web PageNOAA.2007Invasive Lionfish Species Confirmed in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
26804 Journal ArticleNuttall, M.F., M.A. Johnston, R.J. Eckert, J.A. Embesi, E.L. Hickerson and G.P. Schmah2014Lionfish (Pterois volitans [Linnaeus, 1758] and P. miles [Bennett, 1828]) records within mesophotic depth ranges on natural banks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico.
13691 OtherPura Vida Divers.2003Lionfish sighting in West Palm Beach.
30634 Journal ArticleQuattrini, A.M., A.W.J. Demopoulos, R. Singer, A. Roa-Veron and J.D. Chaytor2017Demersal fish assemblages on seamounts and other rugged features in the northeastern Caribbean 
35190 DatabaseREEF2020Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database
35729 DatabaseREEF2021Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database
37827 DatabaseREEF2022Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database
39591 DatabaseREEF2023Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database
17452 DatabaseREEF.2008Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database.
29478 DatabaseREEF.2016Reef Environmental Education Foundation Volunteer Survey Project Database.
33852 Web PageRobertson, D.R., H. Perez-Espana and M. Rivera-Higueras2019Rapid colonization of a shipwreck by Neopomacentrus cyanomos, at Veracruz, Mexico
29460 Journal ArticleRobertson, D.R., H. Perez-España, E.N. Lara, F.P. Itza, and N. Simoes2016The fishes of Cayo Arcas (Campeche Bank,>Gulf of Mexico): an updated checklist
14935 Journal ArticleRuiz-Carus, R., R.E. Matheson, Jr., D.E. Roberts, Jr., and P.E. Whitfield2006The western Pacific red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Scorpaenidae), in Florida: Evidence for reproduction and parasitism in the first exotic marine fish established in state waters.
27288 DatabaseSchofield, P.J.2015Florida Atlantic lionfish records, derived from REEF sighting reports
25726 NewsScott Butherus2013Surprise lionfish catch in Gulf of Mexico a cause for concern over invasive non-native fish.
30652 Journal ArticleSosa-Lopez, A., P. Juarez-Camargo, R. Del Rio-Rodriguez, L.A. Ayala-Perez, C.U. Romero-Herrera, and M.I. Gomez-Solano2017First record of invasive red lionfish (Pterois volitans) [Linnaeus, 1758]: Scorpaenidae) in water of a natural protected area from Campeche, Mexico
31488 DatabaseTexas Parks and Wildlife Department2018Lionfish sightings from the Gulf of Mexico, 2015-2017.
30455 Journal ArticleTornabene L, Baldwin CC2017A new mesophotic goby, Palatogobius incendius (Teleostei: Gobiidae), and the first record of invasive lionfish preying on undescribed biodiversity
27208 Journal ArticleTrégarot, E., M. Fumaroli, A. Arqué, C. Hellio, and J. Maréchal2015First records of the red lionfish (Pterois volitans) in Martinique, French West Indies: monitoring invasion status through visual surveys.
24067 Web PageU.S. Virgin Islands Department of Natural Resources.2010USVI Timeline of Lionfish Invasion.
24115 Web PageU.S. Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife.2010Lionfish #9.
24116 Web PageU.S. Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife.2010Lionfish #12.
24117 Web PageU.S. Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife.2010Lionfish # 14&15.
25944 DatabaseUeda, K., J. Belmonte, A. Shepard, P. Leary, and S.
34102 Journal ArticleWalcott, J., C. Bissada and H.A. Oxenford2019Initial sightings and derby data from the red lionfish invasion (Pterois volitans) (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) in Barbados
13502 Journal ArticleWhitfield, P.E., T. Gardner, S.P. Vives, M.R. Gilligan, W.R. Courtenay, Jr., G.C. Ray, and J.A. Hare2002Biological invasion of the Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans) along the Atlantic coast of North America.


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