Filling the gaps: first record of the crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster Planci (Linnaeus, 1758) (spinulosida: Acanthasteridae), at Gorgona island, Colombia, tropical eastern Pacific

Zapata, Fernando A., del Mar Palacios, María, Zambrano, Valentina, and Rodríguez-Moreno, Melina (2017) Filling the gaps: first record of the crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster Planci (Linnaeus, 1758) (spinulosida: Acanthasteridae), at Gorgona island, Colombia, tropical eastern Pacific. Check List, 13 (3).

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Abstract

We report the occurrence of a major corallivore, the Crown-of-thorns Starfish Acanthasterplanci, on the coral reefs of Gorgona Island, Tropical Eastern Pacific. Three individuals were sighted on opposite sides of the island, where they fed on small coral colonies of Pavona varians and Pocillopora damicornis. These sightings are noteworthy in light of reports that have demonstrated that the geographic distribution of A, planci is gradually increasing in the equatorial eastern Pacific, particularly south of the Gulf of Chiriqui (Panama) where it was previously absent.

Item ID: 54006
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1809-127X
Keywords: coral reefs; corallivores; echinoderms; range extension; starfish
Funders: Conservacion Internacional Columbia, Universidad del Valle, Columbia
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 01:25
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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