Marine Biology

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 287–295 | Cite as

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

  • R. S. Rideout
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Abstract

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
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  1. 1.Marine LaboratoryUniversity of GuamAganaUSA

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