Salpivory by colonial reef corals at Curaçao, Southern Caribbean

Lars J. V. Ter Horst, Bert Hoeksema*

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Abstract

A salp swarm was observed in Director’s Bay, Curaçao in July 2021, where salps were caught and consumed by three scleractinian colonial reef corals: Madracis auretenra, Locke, Weil & Coates, 2017; Meandrina meandrites (Linnaeus, 1758), and Montastraea cavernosa (Linnaeus, 1767). The first two scleractinians are newly recorded salpivores. Since the coral polyps were collaborating, predation was not restricted by polyp size. This is the first detailed report on salpivorous corals in the Caribbean.
Original languageEnglish
Article number560
Number of pages4
JournalDiversity
Volume13
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3-Nov-2021

Keywords

  • polyp collaboration
  • Salpidae
  • salpivores
  • salpivorous
  • salp swarm

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