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Sea Urchin Population Explosion in Southern California Coastal Waters

North, Wheeler J. and Pearse, John S. (1970) Sea Urchin Population Explosion in Southern California Coastal Waters. Science, 167 (3915). p. 209. ISSN 0036-8075. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20150630-154729150

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Abstract

The alleged population "explosion" of coral-eating sea stars (Acanthaster planci) in the west tropical Pacific (1) may be comparable to the apparent population "explosion" of herbivorous sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus and S. purpuratus) along the coast of southern California. Many luxuriant kelp beds, supporting a rich association of other organisms, have all but disappeared during the past few decades, and in the place of the holdluxuriant holdfasts are barren areas supporting extremely dense populations of the urchins (2).


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Additional Information:© 1970 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received 20 November 1969.
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Official Citation: Sea Urchin Population Explosion in Southern California Coastal Waters Wheeler J. North and John S. Pearse Science New Series, Vol. 167, No. 3915 (Jan. 9, 1970) , p. 209 Published by: American Association for the Advancement of Science Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1728951
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