Reproduction, recruitment and hydrodynamics in the Crown-of-thorns phenomenon on the Great Barrier Reef: introduction and synthesis
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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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF9920517
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 15-20Â°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.
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|Deposited By:||Professor Craig R. Johnson|
|Deposited On:||24 Jun 2007|
|Last Modified:||18 Jul 2008 19:58|
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