[Coral-List] Tassled Scorpianfish in Bahamas

Elizabeth Brill elizabeth.brill at mac.com
Mon Jul 23 09:31:21 EDT 2007


I just heard a great presentation at the Natural History Symposium  
out on San Salvador by an intern from the College of the Bahamas.   
The talk was about the Bahamian lionfish invasion.  I believe she is  
part of a study being organized to explore the whole lionfish situation.

I forwarded your note to her and a couple of her co-workers in the  
{remote} possibility that none of them subscribe to this list.  If  
you don't hear from one of them, let me know and I'll give you some  
contact information.



Elizabeth R. Brill
10481 South Road
Corning, New York  14830-3200
elizabeth at beadsofglass.com

On Jul 22, 2007, at 10:09 AM, Rohde,Jon wrote:

> While snorkeling on a shallow reef off North Eleuthera,Bahamas, I
> encountered at 1 meter depth a tassled scorpianfish - Scorpaenopsis
> oxycephala- (I initially thought he was a stone fish but was  
> wrong).The
> tassles on his jaw, and appendages on above his eyes, the coloring
> perfectly matching the algae on the surrounding rock/coral all made  
> him
> unmistakable.  Sadly, no camera!  I can find no reference to these  
> fish
> in the Caribbean.  Can anyone help?
> Notably, we have an increasing infestation with Lion fish, allegedly
> escapees from a commercial aquarium in Nassau.  They are frequently  
> seen
> under ledges and around pilings in our area.  Could the Scorpaenopsis
> oxycephala be a similar introduction?
> Jon Rohde, MD
> Spanish Wells
> North Eleuthera
> Bahamas
> tel 1-242-333-4039
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