, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 111–115

Predation of the sea urchin Diadema antillarum Philippi on living coral

  • Rolf P. M. Bak
  • Guillaume van Eys

DOI: 10.1007/BF00369023

Cite this article as:
Bak, R.P.M. & van Eys, G. Oecologia (1975) 20: 111. doi:10.1007/BF00369023


On the coral reefs of Curaçao and Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles) the sea urchin Diadema antillarum is a major coral predator. In areas with high coral cover, up to 8.2% of the Diadema population (with a density of 8.5 animals/m2) was feeding on living coral surfaces at night. Acropora species are the most heavily attacked corals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf P. M. Bak
    • 1
  • Guillaume van Eys
    • 1
  1. 1.Caribbean Marine Biological Institute (Carmabi)Piscaderabaai, Curaçao

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