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Projected Range Expansion of Invasive Lionfish

Figure 7.4

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Roldan Muñoz

This figure appears in chapter 7 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

Lionfish, native to the Pacific Ocean, are an invasive species in the Atlantic. Their range is projected to expand closer to (a) the U.S. Atlantic coastline as a result of climate change. The maps show projected range expansion of the invasive lionfish in the southeast United States by mid-century (green) and end of the century (red), based on (b) the lower and \(c) higher scenarios (RCP4.5 and RCP8.5, respectively), as compared to their recently observed range (blue). The projected range shifts under a higher scenario (RCP8.5) represents a 45% increase over the current year-round range. Venomous lionfish are opportunistic, generalist predators that consume a wide variety of invertebrates and fishes and may compete with native predatory fishes. Expansion of their range has the potential to increase the number of stings of divers and fishers. Source: adapted from Grieve et al. 2016.731a060b-8e03-4cad-962b-0915fbd9acdd

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This figure was created on February 23, 2018.

This figure was submitted on November 30, 2018.

This figure was derived from scenario rcp_4_5
This figure was derived from scenario rcp_8_5

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