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Abstract

First record of lionfish (Scorpaenidae: Pterois) from Libyan waters.

Abstract

This short communication reports the first occurrence of lionfish (Pisces: Pterois) in the eastern Libyan coastal waters from the images of two lionfish specimens posted on the social media network FacebookTM. The lionfish were caught on 1 and 4 December 2018, by Libyan recreational longline fishermen and by a professional spearfisherman. The species identification was not possible in this case, but the important role of citizen science and social media in terms of monitoring invasive species is highlighted.