Symbionts of shallow-water crinoids in the central and northern Great Barrier Reef


Temporal Range: From 01-Jan-1988 To 31-Dec-1988

Resource Summary

1689 symbionts from 1114 crinoids of the Central Great Barrier Reef were assigned to 46 taxa from 5 invertebrate classes. Crinoid specimens were collected from 46 sites (24 sites on 12 reefs, 2 sites per reef, and 22 sites at Davies Reef, see separate metadata record).

Species abundance and species richness were recorded and Cramer values applied. In addition, 46 taxa were identified as symbiotic associates of the crinoids.

To provide ecological information on crinoid communities of the Great Barrier Reef.

First large-scale study of the structure and composition of crinoid communities on the central Great Barrier Reef.

Symbiont taxa: Crustacea (Amphipoda: sp.1, sp.2; Isopoda: Carteolania integra); ecapoda (Natantia: Athanas ornithorhynchos, Palaemonella pottsi, Parapontonia nudirostis, Periclimenes affinis, Periclimenes albolineata, Periclimenes amboinensis, Periclimenes attenuatus, Periclimenes commensalism, Periclimenes tenuis, Pontiniopsis comanthi, Synalpheus carinatus, Synalpheus demani, Synalpheus stimpsoni, Synalpheus tropicocactylus, unidentified shrimps); astropoda (Annulobalcis sp., Bittium sp., Chrysallida sp., Columbellidae sp., Curvculima spp. 1-11, Pyrene sp., Stiliferina sp., Triphora sp., Triphoridae sp., Turridae); Myzostomata; Ophiuroidea; and Polychaeta.

Host crinoid species: Amphimetra laevipinna, Antedonid sp., Capillaster multiradiatus, Cenometra bella, Clarkcomanthus albinotus, Clarkcomanthus littoralis, Clarkcomanthus luteofuscum, Comanthina schlegeli, Comanthus alternans, Comanthus gisleni, Comanthus parvicirrus, Comanthus wahlbergi, Comaster brevicirrus, Comaster gracilis, Comaster multifidus, Comaster pulcher, Comatella maculate, Comatella nigra, Comatella sp., Comatella stelligera, Comatula pectinata, Comatula purpurea, Decametra laevipinna, Decametra sp.a, Dorometra nana, Euantedon polytes, Himerometra bartschi, Himerometra magnipinna, Himerometra robustipinna, Iconometra intermedia, Liparometra articulate, Oligometra serripinna, Oxycomanthus benetti, Oxycomanthus comanthipinna, Oxycomanthus exilis, Oxycomanthus mirus, Oxycomanthus perplexum, Petasometra clarae, Stephanometra indica, Stephanometra oxyacantha, Stephanometra spicata, Stephanometra spinipinna, Tropiometra afra.

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Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). (2009). Symbionts of shallow-water crinoids in the central and northern Great Barrier Reef, https://apps.aims.gov.au/metadata/view/6453bd60-39c0-45f8-baa2-dda4358f16f2, accessed 28-Jan-2021.