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Coral Reefs

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 129–150 | Cite as

Sexual reproduction, development and larval biology in scleractinian corals

A review
  • Yusef H. Fadlallah
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Abstract

This paper brings together widely scattered information on sexual reproduction in scleractinian corals. It includes a review of information and ideas on sex determination, gametogenesis, gametogenic cycles, fertilization and embryonic development, spawning and planula release, larval behavior, settlement and metamorphosis. The review deals with corals from different habitats and organismic assemblages, including tropical reef corals, temperate water corals, solitary and colonial forms. A summary table of coral species and their known reproductive characteristics is presented.

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Temperate Water Reef Coral Embryonic Development Sedimentology Sexual Reproduction 
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  • Yusef H. Fadlallah
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  1. 1.Center for Coastal Marine StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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