Spawing behaviour of Acanthaster planci

  title={Spawing behaviour of Acanthaster planci},
  author={Russell C. Babcock},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
of Acanthaster planci The crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci, is amongst the most fecund of all echinoderms, with mature females producing up to 60 million eggs per year. This vast reproductive potential is a key factor which pre-disposes Acanthaster to large fluctuations in numbers, yet much of its reproductive behaviour is still poorly understood. On the Great Barrier Reef A. planci has been seen spawning in this characteristic arched posture on top of elevated rocks or corals, on… CONTINUE READING