Larval cloning in the crown-of-thorns sea star, a keystone coral predator

@inproceedings{Allen2019LarvalCI,
  title={Larval cloning in the crown-of-thorns sea star, a keystone coral predator},
  author={Jonathan D. Allen and Emily L. Richardson and Dione Deaker and Antonio Ag{\"u}era and Maria Byrne},
  year={2019}
}
The crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), Acanthaster cf. solaris, is an iconic keystone predator whose population outbreaks have devastating consequences for Indo-Pacific coral reefs. We tested the effects of algal food supply and larval density on the frequency of larval cloning by culturing the early bi pinnaria larvae of COTS under variable conditions. Here we show that larval COTS are able to clone themselves in both low and high food conditions, and that the frequency of larval cloning… CONTINUE READING

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