Predator Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) Outbreak, Mass Mortality of Corals, and Cascading Effects on Reef Fish and Benthic Communities

  title={Predator Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) Outbreak, Mass Mortality of Corals, and Cascading Effects on Reef Fish and Benthic Communities},
  author={Mohsen Kayal and Julie Vercelloni and Thierry Lison de Loma and Pauline Bosserelle and Yannick Chancerelle and Sylvie Geoffroy and C{\'e}line Stievenart and François Michonneau and Lucie Penin and Serge Planes and Mehdi Adjeroud},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Outbreaks of the coral-killing seastar Acanthaster planci are intense disturbances that can decimate coral reefs. These events consist of the emergence of large swarms of the predatory seastar that feed on reef-building corals, often leading to widespread devastation of coral populations. While cyclic occurrences of such outbreaks are reported from many tropical reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific, their causes are hotly debated, and the spatio-temporal dynamics of the outbreaks and impacts to… 

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