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Aggregating behaviour in invasive Caribbean lionfish is driven by habitat complexity

Abstract:

Caribbean lionfish (Pterois spp.) are considered the most heavily impacting invasive marine vertebrate ever recorded. However, current management is largely inadequate, relying on opportunistic culling by recreational SCUBA divers. Culling efficiency could be greatly improved by exploiting natural aggregations, but to date this behaviour has only been recorded anecdotally, and the drivers are unknown. We found aggregations to be common in situ, but detected no conspecific attraction through v...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1038/s41598-018-37459-w

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
ORCID:
0000-0001-6918-0175
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Curtis-Quick, J More by this author
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Publisher:
Nature Research Publisher's website
Journal:
Scientific Reports Journal website
Volume:
9
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Article: 783
Publication date:
2019-01-28
Acceptance date:
2018-11-30
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EISSN:
2045-2322
Pubs id:
pubs:966848
URN:
uri:63659dd0-ddee-41b0-8367-d2d623805091
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uuid:63659dd0-ddee-41b0-8367-d2d623805091
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pubs:966848

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