Simulation of the effects of Acanthaster planci on the population structure of massive corals in the genus Porites: evidence of population resilience?

Scleractinian corals in the genus Porites are slow growing, can live for centuries, and can attain great size. In these respects they differ from the majority of coral species, which grow faster and live for years to decades. The predatory starfish Acanthaster planci L. feeds on a wide range of coral species including Porites spp., and during outbreaks in… (More)