Crown-of-thorns starfishes

crown-of-thorns starfish

[kroun-uhv-thawrnz]
noun
a starfish, Acanthaster planci, that feeds on living coral polyps, causing erosion and destruction of coral reefs.
Also called crown of thorns.


Origin:
1960–65

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