Reference List

This list includes references used to derive specimen records as well as those with scientific name Pterois volitans/miles listed in key words.

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18194 Other Cut-and-paste reference not available due to unhandled reference type. Please contact support to request the addition of the 'Other' type.
19422 News 2010. Help eliminate invasive fish from Buffalo Bill Reservoir. codyenterprisecom. August 2, 2010.
29536 Database 2016. Lionfish data for batch upload. Created on 02/13/2017.
27035 Journal Article Agudo, E.A., and E.K. Salas. 2014. Lionfish abundance, size structure and spatial distribution along the Venezuelan coast (Pterois volitans, Pteroinae: Scorpaenidae). Revista de Biología Tropical 62(S3):151-158.
18977 Journal Article Aguilar-Perera, A., and A. Tuz-Sulub. 2010. Non-native, invasive Red lionfish (Pterois volitans [Linnaeus, 1758]: Scorpaenidae), is first recorded in the southern Gulf of Mexico, off the northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Aquatic Invasions 5(Supplement 1):S9-S12.
24161 Database Akins, L. 2008. Lionfish Bahamas Collections.
29906 Journal Article Albins, M.A., and M.A. Hixon. 2013. Worst case scenario: potential long-term effects of invasive predatory lionfish (Pterois volitans) on Atlantic and Caribbean coral-reef communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series 367:233-238.
18138 Other Cut-and-paste reference not available due to unhandled reference type. Please contact support to request the addition of the 'Other' type.
26505 News Anonymous. 2013. Lionfish caught near packery channel on display at Texas State Aquarium. KRISTV. Corpus Christi, TX. Created on 07/29/2013. Accessed on 08/15/2013.
13501 Web Page Atlantis Charters. 2002. Lionfish in North Carolina.
24146 Database Bonaire National Marine Park. 2010. Bonaire Lionfish Records.
27625 Journal Article Byron, D., K.L. Heck, Jr., and M.A. Kennedy. 2014. Presence of juvenile lionfish in a northern Gulf of Mexico nursery habitat. Gulf of Mexico Science 2014(1-2):75-77.
38810 Journal Article Campbell, 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. Overly. 2021. Rapid spatial expansion and population increase of invasive lionfish (Pterois spp.) observed on natural habitats in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Biological Invasions 24:93-105.
26985 Database Cannister, M.J. 2014. 2014 Combined Lionfish Datasets. Created on 08/25/2014. Accessed on 08/25/2014.
24369 Database Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. 2019. EDDMapS: Early detection and distribution mapping system. The University of Georgia, Tifton, GA. Accessed on 01/27/2019.
17879 Journal Article Chevalier, Pedro P., Elena Gutierrez, Diana Ibarzabal, Sara Romero, Victor Isla, Julio Calderin, and Ernesto Hernandez. 2008. Primer registro de Pterois volitans (Pisces: Scorpaenidae) para aquas cubanas. Solenodon 7:37-40.
19250 Database Coles, William. 2010. Lionfish data from the U.S. Virgin Islands (unpublished). Division of Fish and Wildlife.
1869 Other Cut-and-paste reference not available due to unhandled reference type. Please contact support to request the addition of the 'Other' type.
26515 News David Sikes. 2013. Lionfish Threatens Gulf Natives. Species has wreaked havoc on other coasts. Corpus Christi Caller Times. July 27, 2013:2.
32925 Database EDDMapS. 2019. Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System. The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Accessed on 04/16/2019.
27127 Database Faletti, M. 2014. 2014 FWC Lionfish Reports from Report Florida Lionfish app. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
27301 Journal Article Ferreira, C.E.L., O.J. Luiz, S.R. Floeter, M.B. Lucena, M.C. Barbosa, C.R. Rocha, and L.A. Rocha. 2015. First record of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) for the Brazilian Coast. PLoS ONE 10(4):e0123002. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123002 5 pp.
15859 News Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. 2006. First-known lionfish caught in Florida's Gulf Coast waters. a Fish and Wildlife Research Institute press release.
30279 Database Fogg, A.Q. 2017. Lionfish (Pterois volitans) data from the northern Gulf of Mexico. The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS.
29108 Journal Article Fogg, A.Q., C.F. Ruiz, S.S. Curran and S.A. Bullard. 2016. Parasites from the red lionfish, Pterois volitans from the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf and Caribbean Research 27(1):SC1-5.
18836 Journal Article Gonzalez, J., M. Grijalba-Bendeck, A. Acero P., and R. Betancur-R. 2009. The invasive red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Linnaeus 1758), in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Aquatic Invasions 4(3).
18871 Database Graham, Heather. 2009. Utila Lionfish worksheet 30-9-09 (unpublished data). Utila Centre for Marine Ecology, East Harbour, Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras.
18935 Other Cut-and-paste reference not available due to unhandled reference type. Please contact support to request the addition of the 'Other' type.
30801 Journal Article Green, S.J., E. Underwood, and J.L. Akins. 2017. Mobilizing volunteers to sustain local suppression of a global marine invasion. Conservation Letters 10(6):726-735.
30404 Journal Article Gress, E., Andradi-Brown, D.A., Woodall, L., Schofield, P.J., Stanley, K., and A.D. Rogers. 2017. Lionfish (Pterois spp.) invade the upperbathyal zone in the western Atlantic. PeerJ 1:1-15.
18044 Journal Article Guerrero, K.A., and A. Luis Franco. 2008. First record for the Indo-Pacific red lionfish Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) for the Domincan Republic. Aquatic Invasions 3(2):255-256.
29223 Journal Article Johnston, M.W., and A.M. Bernard. 2016. A bank divided: quantifying a spatial and temporal connectivity break between the Campeche Bank and the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biology 164(12):15 pp.
24816 Web Page Jud, Z. 2012. Lionfish continue their upriver march. Created on 08/20/2012. Accessed on 08/31/2012.
24180 Journal Article Jud, Z.R., and C.A. Layman. 2012. Site fidelity and movement patterns of invasive lionfish, Pterois spp. in a Florida estuary. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 414-415:69-74.
19404 Journal Article Lasso-Alcala, O.M., and J.M. Posada. 2010. Presence of the invasive red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Linneaus, 1758), on the coast of Venezuela, southeastern Caribbean Sea. Aquatic Invasions 5(Supplement 1):S53-S59.
30624 Journal Article Leonardo Uriel Arellano-Mendez, Arturo Mora-Olivo, Carlos Zamora-Tovar and Edilia de la Rosa-Manzano. 2017. First report of the invasive red lionfish Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) (Scorpaenidae) on the coast of Tamaulipas, Mexico. BioInvasions Records 6(3):255-258.
35745 Journal Article Luiz, 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. Ferreira. 2021. Multiple lionfish (Pterois spp.) new occurences along the Brazilian coast confirm the invasion pathway into the Southern Atlantic. Biological Invasions 24:,-volV)( 01234567.
38043 News Luscombe, R. 2022. Fish leather is here, it’s sustainable – and it’s made from invasive species to boot. The Guardian. Created on 06/12/2022. Accessed on 06/14/2022.
15617 Journal Article Meister, H.S., D.M. Wyanski, J.K. Loefer, S.W. Ross, A.M. Quattrini, and K.J. Sulak. 2005. Further evidence for the invasion and establishment of Pterois volitans (Teleostei: Scorpaenidae) along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Southeastern Naturalist 4(2):193-206.
24098 Web Page NOAA. 2007. Invasive Lionfish Species Confirmed in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Accessed 10/17/2007.
26804 Journal Article Nuttall, M.F., M.A. Johnston, R.J. Eckert, J.A. Embesi, E.L. Hickerson and G.P. Schmah. 2014. Lionfish (Pterois volitans [Linnaeus, 1758] and P. miles [Bennett, 1828]) records within mesophotic depth ranges on natural banks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico. BioInvasions Records 3(2):111-115.
13691 Other Cut-and-paste reference not available due to unhandled reference type. Please contact support to request the addition of the 'Other' type.
30634 Journal Article Quattrini, A.M., A.W.J. Demopoulos, R. Singer, A. Roa-Veron and J.D. Chaytor. 2017. Demersal fish assemblages on seamounts and other rugged features in the northeastern Caribbean. Deep-Sea Research I 123:90-104.
35190 Database REEF. 2020. Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database. Reef Environmental Education Foundation.
35729 Database REEF. 2021. Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database.
37827 Database REEF. 2022. Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database.
39591 Database REEF. 2023. Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database. Created on 01/06/2023. Accessed on 01/06/2023.
17452 Database REEF. 2008. Exotic Species Sighting Program and Volunteer Survey Project Database. Reef Environmental Education Foundation.
29478 Database REEF. 2016. Reef Environmental Education Foundation Volunteer Survey Project Database. World Wide Web electronic publication. Accessed on 11/19/2016.
33852 Web Page Robertson, D.R., H. Perez-Espana and M. Rivera-Higueras. 2019. Rapid colonization of a shipwreck by Neopomacentrus cyanomos, at Veracruz, Mexico. Accessed on 11/08/2019.
29460 Journal Article Robertson, D.R., H. Perez-España, E.N. Lara, F.P. Itza, and N. Simoes. 2016. The fishes of Cayo Arcas (Campeche Bank,>Gulf of Mexico): an updated checklist. ZooKeys 640:139-155.
14935 Journal Article Ruiz-Carus, R., R.E. Matheson, Jr., D.E. Roberts, Jr., and P.E. Whitfield. 2006. The western Pacific red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Scorpaenidae), in Florida: Evidence for reproduction and parasitism in the first exotic marine fish established in state waters. Biological Conservation 128:384-390.
27288 Database Schofield, P.J. 2015. Florida Atlantic lionfish records, derived from REEF sighting reports. US Geolgoical Survey, Gainesville, FL. Created on 01/20/2015. Accessed on 04/10/2015.
25726 News Scott Butherus. 2013. Surprise lionfish catch in Gulf of Mexico a cause for concern over invasive non-native fish. Naples Daily Mail. Jan 14, 2013. Accessed on 02/19/2013.
30652 Journal Article Sosa-Lopez, A., P. Juarez-Camargo, R. Del Rio-Rodriguez, L.A. Ayala-Perez, C.U. Romero-Herrera, and M.I. Gomez-Solano. 2017. First record of invasive red lionfish (Pterois volitans) [Linnaeus, 1758]: Scorpaenidae) in water of a natural protected area from Campeche, Mexico. El Hombre y su Ambiente Department 1(13):10-15.
31488 Database Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 2018. Lionfish sightings from the Gulf of Mexico, 2015-2017. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Created on 06/14/2018.
30455 Journal Article Tornabene L, Baldwin CC. 2017. A new mesophotic goby, Palatogobius incendius (Teleostei: Gobiidae), and the first record of invasive lionfish preying on undescribed biodiversity. PLOS ONE 12(5):e0177179.
27208 Journal Article Trégarot, E., M. Fumaroli, A. Arqué, C. Hellio, and J. Maréchal. 2015. First records of the red lionfish (Pterois volitans) in Martinique, French West Indies: monitoring invasion status through visual surveys. Marine Biodiversity Records 8:1-7.
24067 Web Page U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Natural Resources. 2010. USVI Timeline of Lionfish Invasion. Accessed 8-23-2010.
24116 Web Page U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife. 2010. Lionfish #12. Accessed 1/25/2010.
24115 Web Page U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife. 2010. Lionfish #9. Accessed 1/14/2010.
24117 Web Page U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife. 2010. Lionfish # 14&15. Accessed 2/8/2010.
25944 Database Ueda, K., J. Belmonte, A. Shepard, P. Leary, and S. Loarie. 2021. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA. Accessed on 11/23/2021.
34102 Journal Article Walcott, J., C. Bissada and H.A. Oxenford. 2019. Initial sightings and derby data from the red lionfish invasion (Pterois volitans) (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) in Barbados. Biodiversity Data Journal 7:e38219.
13502 Journal Article Whitfield, P.E., T. Gardner, S.P. Vives, M.R. Gilligan, W.R. Courtenay, Jr., G.C. Ray, and J.A. Hare. 2002. Biological invasion of the Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans) along the Atlantic coast of North America. Marine Ecology Progress Series 235:289-297.


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