Self- and cross-fertilization in scleractinian corals

Heyward, A.J., and Babcock, R.C. (1986) Self- and cross-fertilization in scleractinian corals. Marine Biology, 90 (2). pp. 191-195.

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Abstract

The mating patterns of four species of hermaphroditic scleractinian coral were investigated in November 1984 at Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Each of the species shed eggs and sperm into the water, with subsequent external development of larvae. Studies of gamete viability indicated that cross-fertilizations were possible until at least 6 h after spawning.Montipora digitata cross-fertilized exclusively,Acropora tenuis, Goniastrea aspera andG. favulus were capable of self-fertilization, but to varying extents. In all species, cross-fertilization was the dominant mating pattern.

Item ID: 24209
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-1793
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 01:24
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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