Coral Reefs

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 151–157

Reproductive seasonality, settlement, and post-settlement mortality of Pocillopora damicornis (Linnaeus), at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

  • Vicki J. Harriott

DOI: 10.1007/BF00336721

Cite this article as:
Harriott, V.J. Coral Reefs (1983) 2: 151. doi:10.1007/BF00336721


Pocillopora damicornis (Linnaeus) has seasonal gametogenesis and planula release at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, in contrast with several previous reports on the species at other locations. The number of planulae released and gonad development varied considerably among colonies sampled at the same time, but reproductive activity occurred predominantly in winter. P. damicornis planulae settled preferentially on algal-covered substrata, rather than bare coral substrata, but showed subsequent mortality inversely related to this settlement preference. Competition with algae and biological disturbance contribute to spat mortality at different stages of settlement and growth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicki J. Harriott
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Marine BiologyJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

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