Mar Biodiv (2018) 48:949–950 DOI 10.1007/s12526-016-0529-7 OCEANARIUM Mass aggregation of the cushion starfish Pentaceraster cumingi in the southern Gulf of California 1 2 3 Héctor Reyes-Bonilla & Daniel Vázquez-Arce & Ollin T. González-Cuéllar & 4 3 María Dinorah Herrero-Pérezrul & Amy H. Weaver Received: 5 February 2016 /Revised: 23 May 2016 /Accepted: 7 June 2016 /Published online: 1 July 2016 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 The cushion starfish Pentaceraster cumingi (Gray, 1840) or even on top of their neighbors (Fig. 1). From four is a common asteroid resident in reefs and surrounding photographs and four videos we counted a total of 2,733 sandy areas in the tropical eastern Pacific region. In the starfishes, of which 1,287 composed the largest group, Gulf of California, Mexico, the species reaches population and there were 486, 458, 259 and 243 in the others. densities of about 0.8 individuals/50 m (Reyes Bonilla Those figures are underestimations, as many organisms et al. 2005), while in Panama the average is 1 individu- were overlooked as they were placed underneath others. al/m (Alvarado et al. 2012). In both regions this starfish The area in which the specimens appeared was less than is considered
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