Data from: Bias associated with the detectability of the coral-eating pest crown-of-thorns seastar and implications for reef management

Mohsen Kayal, Pauline Bosserelle & Mehdi Adjeroud
Outbreaks of the predator crown-of-thorns seastar (COTS) Acanthaster planci cause widespread coral mortality across the Indo-Pacific. Like many marine invertebrates, COTS is a nocturnal species whose cryptic behaviour during the day can affect its detectability, particularly in structurally complex reef habitats that provide many refuges for benthic creatures. We performed extensive day and night surveys of COTS populations in coral reef habitats showing differing levels of structural complexity and COTS abundance. We tested whether estimations...
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