Unexpected effects of starfish grazing on sandflat communities following an outbreak

@inproceedings{Pillay2010UnexpectedEO,
  title={Unexpected effects of starfish grazing on sandflat communities following an outbreak},
  author={Deena Pillay and George M. Branch and Alida Susanna Steyn},
  year={2010}
}
Starfish are significant determinants of community structure in marine ecosystems. The starfish Parvulastra (Patiriella) exigua is normally found on intertidal rocky shores. We examined a major outbreak of this species in Langebaan Lagoon, a marine embayment on the west coast of South Africa, and the only known soft-sediment ecosystem where P. exigua flourishes. We document this outbreak and describe subsequent field caging experiments testing the influence of this starfish on soft-sediment… CONTINUE READING

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