Mass spawning in tropical reef corals

Harrison, Peter L., Babcock, Russell C., Bull, Gordon D., Oliver, James K., Wallace, Carden C., and Willis, Bette L. (1984) Mass spawning in tropical reef corals. Science, 223 (4641). pp. 1186-1189.

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Abstract

Synchronous multispecific spawning by a total of 32 coral species occurred a few nights after late spring full moons in 1981 and 1982 at three locations on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The data invalidate the generalization that most corals have internally fertilized, brooded planula larvae. In every species observed, gametes were released; external fertilization and development then followed. The developmental rates of externally fertilized eggs and longevities of planulae indicate that planulae may be dispersed between reefs.

Item ID: 24203
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2013 05:32
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060308 Life Histories @ 20%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 80%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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