Defensive Strategies of Soft Corals (coelenterata: Octocorallia) of the Great Barrier Reef. Ii. the Relationship between Toxicity and Feeding Deterrence.

@article{Barre1986DefensiveSO,
  title={Defensive Strategies of Soft Corals (coelenterata: Octocorallia) of the Great Barrier Reef. Ii. the Relationship between Toxicity and Feeding Deterrence.},
  author={Stephane C LA Barre and John C. Coll and Paul W Sammarco},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={1986},
  volume={171 3},
  pages={565-576}
}
Thirty-six specimens of soft corals (Coelenterata, Alcyonacea) were tested for toxicity by exposing Gambusia affinis (Vertebrata, Pisces) to aqueous extracts of coral macerate and assessing mortality. Fifty percent of the soft coral extracts were determined to be ichthyotoxic to the fish, supporting earlier studies. In another experiment, commercial fish food was immersed in the same aqueous soft coral extracts, dried, and offered to G. affinis at three concentrations with appropriate controls… CONTINUE READING

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