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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 29–32 | Cite as

Observation of algal colonization on Acropora aspera killed by Acanthaster planci

  • Mary Schug Belk
  • Denton Belk
Article

Abstract

Algae started colonizing branches of the coral Acropora aspera (Dana) killed by the sea star Acanthaster planci (Linnaeus) within less than 24 hours. Two blue-greens ((Microcoleus lyngbyaceus (Crouan) Ag. and Hormothamnion solutum B. & F.)) dominated the early community but became less abundant than a brown ((Giffordia indica (Sonder) Papenfuss & Chihara)) after 26 days.

Keywords

Atoll Back Reef Spirulina Reef Zone Coral Reef Community 
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© Dr. W. Junk b. v. Publishers 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Schug Belk
    • 1
  • Denton Belk
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine LaboratoryThe University of GuamGuam

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