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Data from: Biological controls to manage Acropora-eating flatworms in coral aquaculture

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Data from: Biological controls to manage Acropora-eating flatworms in coral aquaculture
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2020-05-26
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English
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    Abstract [Related Publication]: Coral aquaculture is expanding to supply the marine ornamental trade and active coral reef restoration. A common pest of Acropora corals is the Acropora-eating flatworm Prosthiostomum acroporae, which can cause colonial mortality at high infestation densities on Acropora spp. We investigated the potential of 2 biological control organisms in marine aquaria for the control of P. acroporae infestations. A. millepora fragments infested with adult polyclad flatworms (5 flatworms fragment(-1)) or single egg clusters laid on Acropora skeleton were cohabited with either sixline wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia or the peppermint shrimp Lysmata vittata and compared to a control (i.e. no predator) to assess their ability to consume P. acroporae at different life stages over 24 h. P. hexataenia consumed 100% of adult flatworms from A. millepora fragments (n = 9; 5 flatworms fragment(-1)), while L. vittata consumed 82.0 +/- 26.36% of adult flatworms (mean +/- SD; n= 20). Pseudocheilinus hexataenia did not consume any Prosthiostomum acroporae egg capsules, while L. vittata consumed 63.67 +/- 43.48% (n = 20) of egg capsules on the Acropora skeletons. Mean handling losses in controls were 5.83% (shrimp system) and 3.50% (fish system) of flatworms and 2.39% (fish system) and 3.50% (shrimp system) of egg capsules. Encounters between L. vittata and P. hexataenia result in predation of P. acroporae on an Acropora coral host and represent viable biological controls for reducing infestations of P. acroporae in aquaculture systems.

    This dataset consists of a spreadsheet in Comma-separated values (.csv) format. Consumption and standard deviation are expressed as percentages.

    The full methodology is available in the Open Access publication from the Related Publications link below.

Related Publications
  1. Barton, Jonathan A., Humphrey, Craig, Bourne, David G., and Hutson, Kate S. (2020) Biological controls to manage Acropora-eating flatworms in coral aquaculture. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 12. pp. 61-66.
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  1. Owned by: Mr Jonathan Barton , jonathan.barton1@my.jcu.edu.au , College of Science & Engineering
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Mr Jonathan Barton, jonathan.barton1@my.jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
  1. Dr Kate Hutson , kate.hutson@jcu.edu.au
  2. A/Prof David Bourne , david.bourne@jcu.edu.au
  3. Mr Craig Humphrey , craig.humphrey@jcu.edu.au
Collaborators
  1. Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
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  1. 069999 - Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified (069999)
  2. 070401 - Aquaculture (070401)
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Keywords
  1. Acropora-eating flatworm
  2. Lysmata vittata
  3. Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
  4. biological control
  5. coral aquaculture
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Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity
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CC BY-NC 4.0: Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International
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Open access. If the data is not freely accessible via the link provided, please contact the nominated data manager or researchdata@jcu.edu.au for assistance.
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  1. biocontrol_R.csv (Storage Attachments, Public)
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Citation
Cite:
Barton, J. (2020): Biological controls to manage Acropora-eating flatworms in coral aquaculture. James Cook University. (dataset). http://dx.doi.org/10.25903/5ecf15760a0ba
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
10.25903/5ecf15760a0ba