Special Issue "Biology, Ecology and Management of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2016).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: butterflyfishes; coral biology; crown-of-thorns starfish; coral reef management; dietary and habitat specialisation; disturbance ecology; ecology of reef fishes
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Interests: crown-of-thorns-seastar; climate change; ocean acidification; adaptation to stress; cumulative impacts; coral reef ecosystems
Dear Colleagues,Outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp.) are a major contributor to ongoing coral loss on reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific, thereby jeopardising productivity and biodiversity of these important marine ecosystems. Controlling outbreak populations of Acanthaster spp. is considered one of the most promising strategies to halt or reverse widespread declines in live coral cover (e.g., De’ath et al. 2012), which is critically important in improving the capacity of coral reef ecosystems to cope with inevitable threats caused by sustained and ongoing climate change, as well as other more direct anthropogenic disturbances. Effective management of crown-of-thorns starfish is, however, conditional on improved understanding of their biology and ecology. While crown-of-thorns starfish are arguably the most extensively studied of any single coral reef species, there remain considerable gaps in our knowledge of their basic biology and ecology. For example, there is little to no information on rates and causes of mortality for crown-of-thorns starfish. This Special Issue provides a platform to highlight new research and significant advances in understanding of crown-of-thorns starfish.
Prof. Morgan Pratchett
Dr. Sven Uthicke
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- Acanthaster spp.
- Coral reefs
- Habitat loss