Acanthaster planci


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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.
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.