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


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.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Literature Cited

  1. Davis, L.D.: The suppression of autotomy in Linckia multifora (Lamarck) by a parasitic gastropod, Stylifer linckia Sarasin. Veliger 9, 342–346 (1967)Google Scholar
  2. Edmondson, C.H.: Autotomy and regeneration in Hawaiian starfishes. Occ. Pap. Bernice B. Bishop Mus. 11, 3–20 (1935)Google Scholar
  3. Grassle, J.F.: Variety in coral reef communities. In: Biology and geology of coral reefs. Vol. 2. Biology 1, pp 247–268. Ed. by Q.A. Jones and R. Endean. New York: Academic Press 1973Google Scholar
  4. Hirota, S.: Anatomical notes on the comet of Linckia multifora, Lamarck. Zool. Mag., Tokyo 7, 67–76 (1895)Google Scholar
  5. James, D.B. and J.S. Pearse: Echinoderms from the Gulf of Suez and the Northern Red Sea. J. mar. biol. Ass. India 11 (1, 2), 78–125 (1969)Google Scholar
  6. Menge, B.A.: Brood or broadcast? The adaptive significance of different reproductive strategies in two intertidal seastars Leptasterias hexactis and Pisaster ochraceus. Mar. Biol. 31, 87–100 (1975)Google Scholar
  7. Mortensen, T.: Contributions to the study of the development and larval forms of echinoderms. IV. K. danske Vidensk. Selsk. Skr. (Naturv. Math.) 9, 1–59 (1938)Google Scholar
  8. Yamaguchi, M.: Coral reef asteroids of Guam. Biotropica 7, 12–33 (1975)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1978

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations