Shell eats starfish

The Australian Institute of Marine Science has posted an article and a great video of a Pacific triton (Charonia tritonis) eating a crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci). Click here. The article discusses the predator/prey relationship between the two.

Pacific triton (Charonia tritonis); photo David Burdick, NOAA Photo Library, Wikimedia Commons

Pacific triton (Charonia tritonis); photo David Burdick, NOAA Photo Library, Wikimedia Commons

 

Crown-of-thorns starfish

Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci); photo Richard A. Collato, Wikimedia Commons

This starfish eats coral polyps, so spikes in its population cause the whitening of parts of the Great Barrier Reef when they occur. Pacific tritons help keep the starfish population in check.

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