Acanthaster

Acanthaster

[ə‚kan′thas·tər]
(invertebrate zoology)
A genus of Indo-Pacific starfishes, including the crown-of-thorns, of the family Asteriidae; economically important as a destroyer of oysters in fisheries.
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Bacteria on the surface of crustose coralline algae induce metamorphosis of the crown-of-thorns starfish Acanthaster planci.
Material: 3 specimens, Calerita, Baja California Sur, Mexico, intertidal, under Acanthaster ellisii (Gray), 23 Jul 1997, C.
researchers have turned up spines of Acanthaster planci in ancient reef sediment and dated them to 8,000 years ago, near the time the reef began to form.
Formation and breakdown of aggregations of Crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci (L).
Sperm diffusion models and in situ confirmation of long-distance fertilization in the free-spawning asteroid Acanthaster planci.
Response of herbivorous fishes to crown-of-thorns starfish Acanthaster planci outbreaks.
1991) found no difference in the number of Acanthaster planci larvae settling on damaged and undamaged Lithothamnium pseudosorum.