A member of the Scopaenidae or scorpion fish family, the red lionfish (Pterois volitans) is commonly found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The species ranges from western Australia and Malaysia to the Marquesas Islands. It is not a native of this eco-region, but in the last few years, there have been increasing reports of the species being seen off the coasts of Georgia and Eastern Florida. Research scientists want to document all sightings, collections and other incidents relative to this species as well as other non-native marine species. They would also like to learn more about their distribution, abundance and habitat preference in the region.
The red lionfish has distinctive red to purple color with vertical white stripes, fleshy tentacles above the eyes and be...Read More