Lionfish dissection: techniques and applications

Green, Stephanie J. and Akins, John L. and Morris, Jr., James A. (2012) Lionfish dissection: techniques and applications. Silver Spring, MD, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Service , 24pp. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS, 139)

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Dissection can provide unique information on the physiology, biology and ecology of organisms. This document describes protocols for dissecting lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles). Protocols were developed to provide guidance to trained research personnel. Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific, but have become established in marine habitats within the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The protocols described within this document were designed to help standardize handling and dissection methodologies for these species, with the goal of improving the coordination of research (e.g., Lionfish Tissue Repository; Appendix V). We focus on dissection methods, which yield data that contribute to our understanding of lionfish biology and ecology. By pairing dissection information with environmental and biotic data, researchers and managers can better understand lionfish population structure and dynamics, age and growth, reproductive biology, and food web ecology on various temporal and spatial scales.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Lionfish dissection: techniques and applications
Personal Creator/Author:
Green, Stephanie J.
Akins, John L.
Morris, Jr., James
Series Name: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS
Number: 139
Number of Pages: 24
Date: 2012
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Service
Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lionfish; Invasive species
Subjects: Aquaculture
Item ID: 8648
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 20:43
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 20:43

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