An invasive species first identified in the Mediterranean Sea just eight years ago is likely to become a permanent feature of the region, a new study suggests.
First seen off the coast of Cyprus in 2012, lionfish (Pterois miles) are now thriving and well-established in the area and across southern Europe.
However, the increasing densities observed over time – combined with the species’ generalist diet and consumption of ecologically and socio-economically important fish – may result in further disruption of an already stressed marine environment. MORE
Header image: a lionfish (Pterois miles) off the coast of Cyprus. First seen in 2012, the species is now thriving and well-established in the area and across southern Europe Credit: Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab.