Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 2495–2497 | Cite as

Crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak at oceanic Dongsha Atoll in the northern South China Sea

  • James Davis ReimerEmail author
  • Hiroki Kise
  • Hin Boo Wee
  • Chen-Lu Lee
  • Keryea Soong



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.

Funding information

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.

Ethical approval

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.

Data availability

All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article.


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© Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Molecular Invertebrate Systematics and Ecology Laboratory, Graduate School of Engineering and ScienceUniversity of the RyukyusOkinawaJapan
  2. 2.Tropical Biosphere Research CenterUniversity of the RyukyusOkinawaJapan
  3. 3.Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean UniversityKeelungTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of OceanographyNational Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

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