Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 3–4 | Cite as

Free-living mushroom corals strike back by overtopping a coral-killing sponge

  • Bert W. Hoeksema
  • Friso Dekker
  • Nicole J. de Voogd


Aggressive Behaviour Direct Observation Bioactive Compound Competitive Interaction Living Coral 
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Research Permits were issued by the Indonesian State Ministry for Research and Technology (RISTEK) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PPO-LIPI). Hasanuddin University at Makassar provided local support.


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© Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert W. Hoeksema
    • 1
  • Friso Dekker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nicole J. de Voogd
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Marine ZoologyNaturalis Biodiversity CenterLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem DynamicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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