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Acanthaster planci (ă-kan-thas′tĕr plan′sī, plong′kē)
The scientific name for the crown of thorns sea star, a starfish that releases several toxins into sea water. Contact with the tentacles of this sea star may cause allergic contact dermatitis or conjunctivitis. Injection of the venom causes shock and liver damage.
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Bacteria on the surface of crustose coralline algae induce metamorphosis of the crown-of-thorns starfish Acanthaster planci
Response of herbivorous fish to crown of thorns starfish Acanthaster planci
researchers have turned up spines of Acanthaster planci
in ancient reef sediment and dated them to 8,000 years ago, near the time the reef began to form.
Response of herbivorous fishes to crown of thorns starfish Acanthaster planci