A large aggregation of Drupella rugosa following the mass bleaching of corals on the Great Barrier Reef

Baird, Andrew (1999) A large aggregation of Drupella rugosa following the mass bleaching of corals on the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Research, 9 (2). pp. 6-7.

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[Extract] Muricid gastropods of the genus Drupella are common throughout the tropical Indo-pacific. These snails prey almost exclusively on living coral tissue but are rarely present in sufficient numbers to cause significant coral mortality. However, when the abundance of snails is high, extensive loss of coral tissue and colony mortality have been recorded (Turner, 1994). In most of these incidents the damage has been restricted to a small area of reef, except on Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia where, between 1987 and 1989, live coral cover decreased by up to 75% over a 280 kilometer stretch of reef (Ayling and Ayling 1987; Stoddart 1989).

Item ID: 24383
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1037-0692
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Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2013 05:57
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology) @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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