Scleractinian corals capture zooplankton within days of settlement and metamorphosis

Cumbo, V.R., Fan, T.-Y., and Edmunds, P.J. (2012) Scleractinian corals capture zooplankton within days of settlement and metamorphosis. Coral Reefs, 31 (4). p. 1155.

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Corals face unique challenges in their early life stages, as their larvae lack tentacles to capture particulates to meet metabolic demands. Instead, they must meet these costs from food reserves or alternative modes of nutrition such as dissolved organic material or, when they contain Symbiodinium, autotrophy (Edmunds et al. 2001). Once settled, rapid metamorphosis and development of tentacles are advantageous, because tentacles facilitate particle capture to augment the supply of energy and nutrients necessary for polyp growth. However, it is unknown how early in their development corals begin to capture and ingest food.

Item ID: 32154
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1432-0975
Funders: National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
Projects and Grants: NSF BIO-OCE 08-44785
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 02:47
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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