Monday October 21, 2019
Home Science & Technology Communication...

Communication of Coral Eating Starfish can save Coral Reefs: Scientists

This crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) species is one of the few animals that can eat corals

0
//
Coral reefs can be prevented by understanding communication of starfish. VOA
  • The communication patterns of a species of starfish that feeds on coral
  • The crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) species is one of the few animals that can eat corals
  • The presence of this species, referred to by the locals as onihitode or demon starfish in Japan 

Tokyo, June 5, 2017: Japanese and Australian scientists have discovered the communication patterns of a species of starfish that feeds on coral.

This discovery, the scientists hope, will help in the preservation of the coral reefs as a single specimen of the crown-of-thorns starfish consumes up to 10 sq. metres of coral meat per year and is responsible for between 37 per cent to 99 per cent of the decrease in live coral cover, Efe news reported.

This crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) species is one of the few animals that can eat corals, Ken Baughman, one of the authors of the study by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, said on Monday.

Follow NewsGram on Facebook

The presence of this species, referred to by the locals as onihitode or demon starfish, in the waters off the coast of the Japanese village of Onna in the Okinawa island was first reported in 1957.

A native of the Indo-Pacific region, this species is experiencing a boom in population that has resulted in tens of thousands to millions of starfish in population densities of 150,000 per sq.km.

Follow NewsGram on Facebook

Normally, reefs only have a few, says Baughman, adding But in recent decades the population outbreaks have tripled.

Baughman’s team and Australian researchers analysed the starfish’s genome, which for the first time has been completely sequenced.

It is kind of like an instruction manual for how to build a starfish. We can better understand crown-of-thorns starfish biology and consequently its behaviour, Baughman explained. (IANS)

Next Story

Miniso Goes Online With Amazon’s ‘Great Indian Festival’

Miniso and e-commerce major Amazon on Friday annoucned a partnership whereby the former would sell its products starting with the upcoming 'Great Indian Festival'

0
Miniso, Japan, Amazon, Launch, Online
The retailer will start with products under the kitchen, home and beauty categories on the amazon.in. Wikimedia Commons

The Japanese retail company Miniso and e-commerce major Amazon on Friday annoucned a partnership whereby the former would sell its products on the online platform starting with the upcoming ‘Great Indian Festival’.

The retailer will start with products under the kitchen, home and beauty categories on the amazon.in, the e-commerce platform said in a statement.

Commenting on the partnership, Shalini Puchalapalli, Director for Category Management, Amazon India said: “We are excited to partner with Miniso and offer customers a wide range of selection on Amazon.in. During the Great Indian Festival customers can look forward to a wide selection of products from the best brands on Amazon.in”.

ALSO READ: Positive Social Relationships Help Increase Self-Esteem

Siddharth Venkataraman, CEO of Achhacart, which takes care of Miniso’s sales in India said: “This festive season, customers would be able to buy all their favourite Miniso products online with the customer experience assurance of Amazon”. (IANS)