[Coral-List] First lionfish larva collected in the Atlantic!
Estrella.Malca at noaa.gov
Mon Oct 25 15:12:17 EDT 2010
First lionfish larva collected in the Atlantic!
The first larval lionfish (/Pterois/ /volitans/) has been collected ~40
nm east of Cancun, Mexico. This is the first recorded larval sample in
the Atlantic. It was identified by Biologist Selene Morales and by
Professor Lourdes Vásquez-Yeomans (Larval Fish Lab, El Colegio de la
Frontera Sur, Mexico). The specimen was verified last week with genetic
analysis by Dr. Tom Schultz (Duke University), Dr. James Morris
(NOAA/NOS), and Whitney Nagel (UNC intern).
Larva measures 7 mm TL and was collected using Neuston nets aboard the
NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter* in April 2010 in collaboration with NOAA NMFS,
INAPESCA, University of Miami, and ECOSUR.
For additional information, please contact Lourdes Vasquez-Yeomans,
lvasquez at ecosur.mx or luluvaye at yahoo.com.mx.
Photograph by Jose A. Cohuo (ECOSUR):
*Bluefin Tuna ichthyoplankton cruise collects larval fishes to assess
their distribution as well as supporting habitat characterizations for
bluefin tuna (/Thunnus/ /thynnus/) in the Gulf of Mexico and recently
the Mexican Caribbean.
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