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Scleractinian corals and crown-of-thorns seastars of the Kermadec Islands

Zoe T. Richards
Western Australian Museum; Australian Museum
Libby Liggins
Massey University; Auckland War Memorial Museum
16 October 2015


New material collected from the Kermadec Islands verifies the presence of at least 11 scleractinian coral species and a crown-of-thorns seastar survey suggests a high density of corallivores are present at North Meyer Island (i.e. > 0.008 individuals per m2). Despite not currently being classified as a coral reef, tropical reef-building coral species are present in the coral community and there has been a population of Acanthaster planci present for at least three decades. This marginal coral community represents a valuable opportunity to examine climate-driven coral and coral predator transitions into high latitude locations.

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Zoe T. Richards and Libby Liggins. Scleractinian corals and crown-of-thorns seastars of the Kermadec Islands. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 337:340.