Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Description

The members of the genus are confined to tropical seas where they inhabit coral reefs, usually in the littoral zone, while A. brevispinus has been recorded from somewhat deeper water. They feed on coral polyps. Occur throughout the Indo-Pacific region (Grindley, 1963).
  • Clark, A.M. (1993). An index of names of recent Asteroidea, part 2: Valvatida, in: Jangoux, M.; Lawrence, J.M. (Ed.) (1993). Echinoderm Studies, 4: pp. 187-366
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 935 specimens in 3 taxa.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 910 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 1 - 75.4
  Temperature range (°C): 23.011 - 28.954
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.033 - 2.380
  Salinity (PPS): 32.279 - 35.493
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.230 - 4.961
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.043 - 0.435
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.777 - 4.452

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 1 - 75.4

Temperature range (°C): 23.011 - 28.954

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.033 - 2.380

Salinity (PPS): 32.279 - 35.493

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.230 - 4.961

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.043 - 0.435

Silicate (umol/l): 0.777 - 4.452
 
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records: 261
Specimens with Sequences: 255
Specimens with Barcodes: 255
Species: 2
Species With Barcodes: 2
Public Records: 250
Public Species: 2
Public BINs: 5
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Wikipedia

Acanthaster

Acanthaster is a small genus of large and venomous starfish placed in its own family, Acanthasteridae. Its members are known as crown-of-thorns starfish.

Species[edit]

These species are listed in the World Register of Marine Species:[1]

Some sources add Acanthaster ellisi, (Gray, 1840) but it is now considered as a subspecies of A. planci in the eastern Pacific.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mah, C. (2012). Acanthaster Gervais, 1841. In: Mah, C.L. (2012). World Asteroidea database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=205212 on 2012-03-23
  2. ^ JS Lucas, « Hybrid crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci X A. brevispinus) reared to maturity in the laboratory », Nature, vol. 263, 1976, p. 409-412 & cover.


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