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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Das, R.R., Chemmencheri Ramakrishnan Sreeraj, Gopi Mohan, Kottarathil Rajendran Abhilash, Vijay Kumar Deepak Samuel, Purvaja Ramachandran and Ramesh Ramachandran 2020. Incursion of the killer sponge Terpios hoshinota Rützler & Muzik, 1993 on the coral reefs of the Lakshadweep archipelago, Arabian Sea. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 14 (Oct. 2020), 17009–17013. DOI:
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