Larval Development and Metamorphosis of Acanthaster planci (Asteroidea)

LITTLE is known of the factors influencing survival during the planktonic phase of Acanthaster planci (Linnaeus), the crown of thorns starfish, apart from an observation of fish eating newly released eggs1. But it is not surprising that this phase has been suggested as the cause of the recent plague of the animal in the Pacific2–4, for large females release… CONTINUE READING