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Caption: Outbreaks of the coral eating crown of thorns starfish have been responsible for 42 percent of the over 50 percent decline in coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef between 1985 and 2012.
Credit: Katharina Fabricius, Australian Institute of Marine Science
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Related news release: The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral in the last 27 years