Incursion of the killer sponge Terpios hoshinota Rützler & Muzik, 1993 on the coral reefs of the Lakshadweep archipelago, Arabian Sea

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Rocktim Ramen Das
Chemmencheri Ramakrishnan Sreeraj
Gopi Mohan
Kottarathil Rajendran Abhilash
Vijay Kumar Deepak Samuel
Purvaja Ramachandran
Ramesh Ramachandran


Our study documents the outbreak of a coral-killing sponge Terpios hoshinota in the coral reefs of Lakshadweep archipelago and highlights that it has further extended its territory into the isolated atolls of Arabian Sea and maybe a growing threat to the existing coral reefs in the region.


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