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Captive movement rates of the Pacific crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster solaris

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Title
Captive movement rates of the Pacific crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster solaris
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2017-07-25
Date Record Modified
2017-10-23
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2015 to 2016
Time Period
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Geospatial Location
  • Acanthaster solaris were collected at Lizard Island (14o40’S, 145o27’E) and surrounding reefs (mainly Eyrie Reef) in the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia
Description
Descriptions
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    This data respresents movement rates of crown-of-thorns starfish in captivity. To quantify mean and maximum rates of movement, individual A. solaris were placed into a large (5-m diameter) round tank. Three different substrate types were tested: i) a 5-cm thick layer of coarse (sediment-free) sand, which was collected from intertidal areas in inter-reefal back reef habitat; ii) a continuous layer of paving tiles which were coated in calcareous algae following extended deployment (up to 6 months) in reef environments before being air dried (reflective of consolidated carbonate pavement); and iii) coral rubble, mostly comprising an assortment of dead and air dried coral fragments (up to 10 x 10 x 5 cm) from experiments conducted at Lizard Island Research Station. All starfish were filmed from above and movement rates (cm/ second) were determined for all possible 15-second intervals for each starfish.

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

Related Publications
  1. Pratchett MS, Cowan Z-L, Nadler LE, Caballes CF, Hoey AS, Messmer V, et al. (2017) Body size and substrate type modulate movement by the western Pacific crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster solaris. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0180805.
    Open Access
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People
Creators
  1. Managed by: Prof Morgan Pratchett , morgan.pratchett@jcu.edu.au , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Zoology and Ecology
Primary Contact
Prof Morgan Pratchett, morgan.pratchett@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
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Collaborators
  1. CSIRO
  2. University of Tasmania
Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 050211 - Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  2. 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
Keywords
  1. Acanthaster
  2. behaviour
  3. coral reefs
  4. management
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
People and Societies in the Tropics
Rights
License
CC BY: Attribution 3.0 AU
License - Other
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Access Rights/Conditions
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.
Type
open
Rights
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Attachments
  1. COTS_Movement_Summarised.xlsx (Storage Attachments, Public)
Stored At
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Citation
Cite:
Pratchett, M. (2017). Captive movement rates of the Pacific crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster solaris. James Cook University. [Data Files] http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/28/5976dd643fff8
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
10.4225/28/5976dd643fff8