There's no place like home: crown-of-thorns outbreaks in the central pacific are regionally derived and independent events.
One of the most significant biological disturbances on a tropical coral reef is a population outbreak of the fecund, corallivorous crown-of-thorns sea star, Acanthaster planci. Although the factors that trigger an initial outbreak may vary, successive outbreaks within and across regions are assumed...
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