Crown of thorns starfish

Crown of thorns starfish

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Crown of thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) feeding on a table coral (Acropora sp.). The crown of thorns is a ravenous predator of corals, and a rapid rise in its numbers has led to the destruction of large areas of reef. Photographed in Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

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Keywords: acanthaster planci, acropora sp., animal, biological, biology, coral reef, crown of thorns, destruction, destructive, eating, echinoderm, fauna, feeding, indo-pacific, indonesia, invertebrates, irian jaya, marine, nature, one, predator, single, starfish, table coral, tropical, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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