[Coral-List] Subject: Unknown morphological variation in Caribbean

Linda @ ECOMAR linda at ecomarbelize.org
Sun Feb 20 14:35:02 EST 2011

We noticed this as well in the thousands of lionfish we sampled as part of
our monthly lionfish tournaments from May through Nov 2010.  We recorded the
presence or absence of "eyestalks", and noted that the eyestalks were absent
on larger specimens.  When cleaning larger lionfish we also noted that
"sharp horns" seem to replace the fleshy eyestalks.  These eyestalks also
have difference characteristics/coloration patterns.  Can one the lionfish
experts shed light on the different physical characteristics of young and
old and if these difference can be used in species ID?


Best regards from Belize,


Linda Searle


17 Princess Margaret Drive L/F

PO Box 1234

Belize City, Belize

TEL: (501) 671-3483

email: linda at ecomarbelize.org


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Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:12:50 -0400

From: Mark J A Vermeij <vermeij at hawaii.edu>

Subject: [Coral-List] Unknown morphological variation in Caribbean


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  Dear all 


Lionfish found on Curacao seem to come in two morphs: one has a "horn"
immediately above its eyes whereas the other morph lacks this
characteristic. Carmabi would welcome any insights in this matter and
wonders if the different morphologies correspond to the Pterois volitans and
P. miles phenotypes.

  Any suggestions and insights are welcomed: m.vermeij at carmabi.org This
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  Click on the link (on the left)  for pictures that illustrate the
morphological differences on the website of Carmabi's research station
website: http://www.researchstationcarmabi.org/


  Tropical regards




Dr. M.J.A. Vermeij

Science Director

Carmabi Foundation

Piscaderabaai z/n

Cura?ao, Netherlands Antilles

Phone: +5999-5103067

Email: m.vermeij at carmabi.org

Skype: markvermeij



Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics  IBED University of
Amsterdam Science Park 700

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