Blue linckia could precede COTS

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  1. On Heron and Wistari Reefs, most species of starfish did not occur below low water.
  2. Increased sub-tidal abundance of blue linckia (Linckia laevigata) could precede outbreaks of COTS (Acanthaster planci) due to many factors including similar larval development and the same predators.

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