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Since the description of Terpios hoshinota from Guam (Rützler and Muzik 1993), there have been recent reports of increased incidences of invasion by this coral-killing cyanobacteriosponge on Indo-Pacific coral reefs (Fujii et al. 2011; de Voogd et al. 2013). However, the life-history strategy behind its invasive capacity remains unknown. In November 2010,(More)
The Indo-Pacific reef coral Tubastraea coccinea Lesson, 1829, is a highly competitive invasive species, which has spread over the tropical West Atlantic after its introduction at Puerto Rico and Curaçao during the late 1930s (Cairns 2000; Fenner and Banks 2004; Riul et al. 2013). Here it colonizes hard substrates along rocky shores, including oil platforms,(More)
Climate change has led to a decline in the health of corals and coral reefs around the world. Studies have shown that, while some corals can cope with natural and anthropogenic stressors either through resistance mechanisms of coral hosts or through sustainable relationships with Symbiodinium clades or types, many coral species cannot. Here, we show that(More)
Dongsha Atoll (also known as Pratas) in Taiwan is the northernmost atoll in the South China Sea and a designated marine national park since 2007. The marine park's scope of protection covers the bio-resources of its waters in addition to uplands, so it is important to have data logging information and analyses of marine flora and fauna, including their(More)
Terpios hoshinota, an encrusting cyanosponge, is known as a strong substrate competitor of reef-building corals that kills encountered coral by overgrowth. Terpios outbreaks cause significant declines in living coral cover in Indo-Pacific coral reefs, with the damage usually lasting for decades. Recent studies show that there are morphological(More)
The identification of coral recruits has been problematic due to a lack of definitive morphological characters being available for higher taxonomic resolution. In this study, we tested whether fluorescent detection of coral recruits used in combinations of different DNA-barcoding markers (cytochrome oxidase I gene [COI], open reading frame [ORF], and(More)
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