Nonnative Marine Species

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Common Name

Scientific name

First year

Breeding status

Established

Statewide established populations

Lionfish

Pterois volitans

1985

At least 10 years

Introduced



FWC Facts:
The organism that causes red tide in Florida, Karenia brevis, owes its name to a state researcher of harmful algal blooms, Dr. Karen Steidinger.

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