Marine Biology

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 287–295

Asexual reproduction as a means of population maintenance in the coral reef asteroid Linckia multifora on Guam

  • R. S. Rideout

DOI: 10.1007/BF00541006

Cite this article as:
Rideout, R.S. Mar. Biol. (1978) 47: 287. doi:10.1007/BF00541006


The asteroid Linckia multifora (Lamarck) reproduces by autotomy of arms. Seven phases are recognized in its asexual reproductive cycle (autotomized arms; comets; counter-comets; post counter-comet I, II and III; and disc-parents). Individuals of the comet phase represent the highest percentage for population samples collected throughout the year from several sites on Guam, indicating a continuous asexual reproduction through which populations of L. multifora are being maintained.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Rideout
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine LaboratoryUniversity of GuamAganaUSA