Crown of thorns starfish eating corals

Crown of thorns starfish eating corals

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Caption: Crown of thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci, centre) eating corals on a reef. This starfish is a coral reef predator (corallivore) that preys on the coral polyps by extending its stomach over them and releasing digestive enzymes. This liquefies the coral's tissue, which the starfish then absorbs. Photographed in the Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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