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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-31

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  • [01] Tropical lionfish invades the Aegean Sea

  • [01] Tropical lionfish invades the Aegean Sea

    The Hydrobiological station of Rhodes of the Greek Center of Sea Research issued an announcement on the appearance of the tropical fish Pterois miles, common lionfish in the Aegean Sea.

    The lionfish is found in the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, South Africa and east to Sumatra and was located in the Aegean and particularly in the sea region of Rhodes in the summer of 2015. The fish probably got into the Mediterrenean Sea through the Suez Canal.

    Its population is multiplying rapidly in the Eastern Mediterrenean and for this reason is listed among the invasive species.

    A lionfish was fished with nets on January 2016 in the shallow waters of Faliraki beach and later a second in Lindos. Both specimens are in display at the Rhodes Aquarium.

    Due to its venomous spines which use to inject a powerful protein-based toxin to their prey, Rhodes Hydrobiological Station informed the local entities and the citizens to be cautious.

    The lionfish is suitable for human comsuption and is also very tasty.

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