A modern soft-bottom, shallow-water crinoid fauna (Echinodermata) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Messing, C. G., Meyer, D. L., Siebeck, U. E., Jermiin, L. S., Vaney, D. I. and Rouse, G. W. (2006) A modern soft-bottom, shallow-water crinoid fauna (Echinodermata) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs, 25 1: 164-168.


Author Messing, C. G.
Meyer, D. L.
Siebeck, U. E.
Jermiin, L. S.
Vaney, D. I.
Rouse, G. W.
Title A modern soft-bottom, shallow-water crinoid fauna (Echinodermata) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Journal name Coral Reefs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0722-4028
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-005-0076-3
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 164
End page 168
Total pages 5
Editor Peter K. Swart
Richard E. Dodge
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
270504 Invertebrate Biology
780105 Biological sciences
Abstract A recent preliminary survey revealed that 12 species of unstalked crinoids occur on a gentle sandy slope (12-18 m depth) at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia; five of which are also found on coral reefs. The other seven appear to constitute a unique assemblage restricted to unconsolidated substrates, where most cling to algae or hide beneath rubble or sponges. Members of this assemblage exhibit all of the basic feeding postures found among reef-dwelling species. However, Comatula rotalaria, which lacks anchoring cirri and bears uniquely differentiated short and long arms, exhibits a posture different from other living crinoids. Quantitative transects reveal apparent depth-related differences in species composition: C. rotalaria dominated the 12 transects in 12-13 m (84% of 82 specimens), while Comatella nigra, Comatula cf. purpurea, Amphimetra cf. tessellata and Zygometra microdiscus accounted for 96% of 54 specimens observed along 12 transects in 16-17 m.
Keyword Marine & Freshwater Biology
Lizard Island
Patterns
Communities
Sediments
Behavior
Sea
Q-Index Code C1

 
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