Crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak at oceanic Dongsha Atoll in the northern South China Sea
We thank Marine National Parks and Coast Guard staff for access to Dongsha Atoll and Yi-Bei Liang, Oskar Ng Kang-Ming, and Tam Di-Bing for logistical support. Four anonymous reviewers’ comments improved an earlier version of this manuscript.
This study was funded by a Dongsha Atoll Research Station grant.
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
No animal testing was performed during this study.
Sampling and field studies
All necessary permits for sampling and observational field studies have been obtained by the authors from the competent authorities and are mentioned in the acknowledgements, if applicable. The study is compliant with CBD and Nagoya protocols.
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article.
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