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Accession Number PB2013-101888
Title Lionfish Dissection: Techniques and Applications.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 31p
Personal Author J. A. Morris J. L. Akins S. J. Green
Abstract 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.
Keywords Age
Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Sea
Gulf of Mexico
Marine environment
Population dynamics

Source Agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS Subject Category 98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
47D - Biological Oceanography
57H - Ecology
Corporate Author National Ocean Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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