Volume 63

Artificial Structures Facilitate Lionfish Invasion in Marginal Atlantic Habitats.

Smith, N.A.. and J.B. Shurin
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Date: November, 2010

Pages: 342-344

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty-Third Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: San Juan

Country: Puerto Rico


Artificial structures can facilitate invasion of non-native, marine fouling species by providing unoccupied habitat for colonization (Ruiz et al. 2009, Sheehy and Vik 2010). Few studies have examined whether similar effects occur in mobile taxa like reef fishes, despite the widespread occurrence of artificial structures along the world’s coastlines (Bulleri 2005; Glasby and Connell 1999), and the critical importance of high-relief habitat to many reef fishes (e.g. Steele 1999).

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