Predation on the invasive red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Pisces: Scorpaenidae), by native groupers in the Bahamas

  title={Predation on the invasive red lionfish, Pterois volitans (Pisces: Scorpaenidae), by native groupers in the Bahamas},
  author={Aleksandra Maljkovi{\'c} and Travis E. Van Leeuwen and Smith Cove},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
On 26 January 2008, a tiger grouper, Mycteroperca tigris (472-mm standard length [SL]), was caught off New Providence (25 04.6¢¢N, 77 20.6¢¢W), Bahamas and found to contain a single red lionfish, Pterois volitans (61-mm SL) in its stomach. This observation was considered an anomaly given both the venomous nature of lionfish, and their relatively recent introduction to the Bahamas (Snyder and Burgess 2007). Anecdotal evidence provided by fishers, however, suggested that native grouper species… 

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