Peer Review #1 of "Lionfish (Pterois spp.) invade the upper-bathyal zone in the western Atlantic (v0.1)" [peer_review]

G Goodbody-Gringley
2017 unpublished
Non-native lionfish have been recorded throughout the western Atlantic on both shallow and mesophotic reefs, where they have been linked to declines in reef health. In this study we report the first lionfish observations from the deep sea (>200 m) in Bermuda and Roatan, Honduras, with lionfish observed to a maximum depth of 304 m off the Bermuda platform, and 250 m off West End, Roatan. Placed in the context of other deeper lionfish observations and records, our results imply that lionfish may
more » ... that lionfish may be present in the 200-300 m depth range of the upper-bathyal zone across many locations in the western Atlantic, but currently are under-sampled compared to shallow habitats. We highlight the need for considering deep-sea lionfish populations in future invasive lionfish management. PeerJ reviewing PDF | Manuscript to be reviewed 1 Title: 2 Lionfish (Pterois spp.) invade the upper-bathyal zone in the western Atlantic. Manuscript to be reviewed 21 Abstract 22 Non-native lionfish have been recorded throughout the western Atlantic on both shallow and 23 mesophotic reefs, where they have been linked to declines in reef health. In this study we report 24 the first lionfish observations from the deep sea (>200 m) in Bermuda and Roatan, Honduras, 25 with lionfish observed to a maximum depth of 304 m off the Bermuda platform, and 250 m off 26 West End, Roatan. Placed in the context of other deeper lionfish observations and records, our 27 results imply that lionfish may be present in the 200-300 m depth range of the upper-bathyal 28 zone across many locations in the western Atlantic, but currently are under-sampled compared to 29 shallow habitats. We highlight the need for considering deep-sea lionfish populations in future 30 invasive lionfish management. PeerJ reviewing PDF |
doi:10.7287/peerj.3683v0.1/reviews/1 fatcat:x574yuot2nabnopcv467acmq7i