Are infestations of Cymomelanodactylus killing Acropora cytherea in the Chagos archipelago?
Pratchett, M. S., Graham, N. A. J., Sheppard, Charles (Charles R. C.) and Mayes, B.. (2010) Are infestations of Cymomelanodactylus killing Acropora cytherea in the Chagos archipelago? Coral Reefs, Vol.29 (No.4). p. 941. ISSN 0722-4028
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-010-0654-x
Associations between branching corals and infaunal crabs are well known, mostly due to the beneficial effects of Trapezia and Tetralia crabs in protecting host corals from crown-of-thorns starfish (e.g., Pratchett et al. 2000) and/or sedimentation (Stewart et al. 2006). These crabs are obligate associates of live corals and highly prevalent across suitable coral hosts, with 1–2 individuals per colony (Patton 1994). Cymo melanodactylus (Fig. 1) are also prevalent in branching corals, mostly Acropora, and are known to feed on live coral tissue, but are generally found in low abundance (<3 per colony) and do not significantly affect their host corals (e.g., Patton 1994). In the Chagos archipelago, however, infestations of Cymo melanodactylus were found on recently dead and dying colonies of Acropora cytherea.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QL Zoology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- ) > Biological Sciences ( -2010)
Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- )
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Xanthidae, Acropora, Islands -- British Indian Ocean Territory, Corals -- Predators of|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Coral Reefs|
|Page Range:||p. 941|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Great Britain. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Queensland Smart Futures Fund|
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