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Reproduction, recruitment and hydrodynamics in the Crown-of-thorns phenomenon on the Great Barrier Reef: introduction and synthesis

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Johnson, CR (1992) Reproduction, recruitment and hydrodynamics in the Crown-of-thorns phenomenon on the Great Barrier Reef: introduction and synthesis. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 43 (3). pp. 517-523.

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Abstract

Few phenomena have had as great an impact on marine ecosystems in Australia, or generated as much interest, solicitude and contention, as outbreaks of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The two recent periods of activity of the starfish (1962-77 and 1979 to present) have had greatest impact in the central third of the GBR (about 15-20°S), where is it estimated that about two-thirds of reefs have been affected (Moran 1986; Moran et al. 1988; Reichelt et al. 1990). After these infestations it takes about 15-20 years for coral cover to replenish, but the time for recovery of biodiversity of corals, particularly of communities of massive species (Done 1988; Endean et al. 1988; Cameron et al. 1991), may be much longer.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
Page Range: pp. 517-523
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1071/MF9920517
Additional Information: Definitive version available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/126/issue/2882.htm
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:18
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/1230
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