Mating behaviour and reproductive cycle of Archaster typicus (Echinodermata: Asteroidea)

  title={Mating behaviour and reproductive cycle of Archaster typicus (Echinodermata: Asteroidea)},
  author={J Q Run and Chang-Po Chen and K. H. Chang and F. -S. Chia},
  journal={Marine Biology},
This study examines the reproductive cycle, the mechanism of male-on-female pairing behavior and the spawning behavior of Archaster typicus Müller et Troschel. Field studies were conducted in the intertidal zone of the sand beaches at Penghu, Taiwan (23 32′N; 119 33′E) at ebb-tide in 1984 and 1985. The pairing behavior of A. typicus is a reproductive behavior which leads to simultaneous spawning, increasing the probability of fertilization. As the breeding season approaches, sea stars… 

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