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Birkeland, C. 1989. The Faustian traits of the
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of the life of an Acanthaster planci results
in loss of body integrity in later life.
Gilbert, S. F. 1997. Developmental biology, ed.
5. Sunderland, Massachusetts, Sinauer
Associates. Any modern text in developmental
biology, such as this one, provides a
multitude of examples in which studies on
echinoderms have contributed (and continue
to contribute) to our knowledge of
Hendler, G., J. E. Miller, D. L. Pawson, and P. M.
Kier. 1995. Sea stars, sea urchins, and
allies: Echinoderms of Florida and the
Caribbean. Washington, Smithsonian Institution
Press. An excellent field guide for
Hickman, C. P., Jr. 1998. A field guide to sea
stars and other echinoderms of Galápagos.
Lexington, VA, Sugar Spring Press. Provides
descriptions and nice photographs of members
of classes Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea,
Echinoidea, and Holothuroidea in the
Hughes, T. P. 1994. Catastrophes, phase shifts
and large-scale degradation of a Caribbean
coral reef. Science 265:1547–1551. Describes the sequence of events, including
the die-off of sea urchins, leading to the
destruction of the coral reefs around
Lane, D. J. W. 1996. A crown-of-thorns outbreak
in the eastern Indonesian Archipelago, February 1996. Coral Reefs. 15:209–210. This is the first report of an outbreak of
Acanthaster planci in Indonesia. It includes
a good photograph of an aggregation of
these sea stars.
Lawrence, J. 1989. A functional biology of
echinoderms. Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins
Press. Well-researched book on echinoderm
biology with emphasis on feeding,
maintenance, and reproduction.
Moran, P. J. 1990. Acanthaster planci (L.): biographical
data. Coral Reefs 9:95–96. Presents
a summary of essential biological
data on A. planci. This entire issue of Coral
Reefs is devoted to A. planci.