Potential Invasive Species Identified In S. Gulf Of Mexico

2016-02-09T10:51:25+00:00 February 9, 2016|
Blue Damselfish (Chrysiptera cyanea / Credit: Widimedia Commons)

(Click to enlarge image) Blue Damselfish (Chrysiptera cyanea / Credit: Widimedia Commons)

In fairytales, it’s usually the damsel who is in distress. When it comes to the marine world, however, it seems it’s the damsel that can cause some distress.

(From Science Daily) — Damselfish are some of the most beautiful fishes in the ocean, and that’s why they are so attractive to those who want a saltwater aquarium in their home or place of business. But there’s a bit of a concern when it comes to one damselfish species — it is starting to pop up in a part of the ocean where it doesn’t really belong.

“While you wouldn’t immediately think of the regal damsel as a dangerous fish, the fact is they are now in places where they are not native and they’re spreading, which makes them potentially an invasive species,” said Matthew Johnston, Ph.D., a marine researcher at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. “They may not be as impactful as say the lionfish has been, but these fish can also have a negative impact on their new habitats — it could throw the ecosystem out of natural balance.”

Read the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160119141800.htm