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Coral-eating sea star invaders turn out to be locals

Post Number:#1  Postby Marine News » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:02 am

Coral-eating sea star invaders turn out to be locals
22 February 2012, 5:59 am

Researchers have disproven the secondary outbreak hypothesis in the Central Pacific. One of the greatest biological threats to tropical coral reefs can be a population outbreak of crown-of-thorns (COT) sea stars (Acanthaster planci). Outbreaks can consume live corals over large areas, a change that can promote algal growth and alter reef fish populations.

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