Unexpected high densities of the hybrid coral Acropora prolifera (Lamarck 1816) in Guadeloupe Island, Lesser Antilles
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KeywordsGenotypic Diversity Marin Parental Species Hybrid Nature Microsatellite Analysis
Since the 1980s, coral populations of Acropora palmata (Lamarck 1816) and A. cervicornis (Lamarck 1816) have dramatically declined in the Caribbean and have been consequently classified as critically endangered since 2008 (IUCN).
As a consequence of decreased parental species’ density, eggs likely float unfertilized, increasing the probability of heterospecific sperm encounters and thus hybrid embryo formation (Fogarty et al. 2012).
- Fogarty ND (2010) Reproductive isolation and hybridization dynamics in threatened Caribbean acroporid corals. Ph.D. thesis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FloridaGoogle Scholar