Mass mortality of Diadema antillarum on the Caribbean coast of Panama

@article{Lessios2004MassMO,
  title={Mass mortality of Diadema antillarum on the Caribbean coast of Panama},
  author={Harilaos A Lessios and John D. Cubit and Desiree R. Robertson and Myra J. Shulman and M Rockwell Parker and Stephen D. Garrity and S. C. Levings},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2004},
  volume={3},
  pages={173-182}
}
The ecologically important sea urchin Diadema antillarum suffered mass mortalities in 1983, first noted in Panama and then reported from the rest of the Caribbean. We documented the effects of this mortality at two localities on the Atlantic coast of Panama, Punta Galeta and the San Blas Archipelago. At Punta Galeta, affected by the mortality in January 1983, the numbers of D. antillarum changed from an estimated 14,000 per ha in June 1982 to 0.5 per ha in May 1983; by February 1984 they had… CONTINUE READING