Spontaneous Branching in a Polyp Oriented Model of Stony Coral Growth

  • Roeland Merks
  • Alfons Hoekstra
  • Jaap Kaandorp
  • Peter Sloot
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2329)


A three-dimensional model of diffusion limited coral growth is introduced. As opposed to previous models, in this model we take a “polyp oriented” approach. Here, coral morphogenesis is the result of the collective behaviour of the individual coral polyps. In the polyp oriented model, branching occurs spontaneously, as opposed to previous models in which an explicit rule was responsible for branching. We discuss the mechanism of branching in our model. Also, the effects of polyp spacing on the coral morphology are studied.


Lattice Boltzmann Method Triangular Mesh Coral Growth Coral Surface Curvature Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roeland Merks
    • 1
  • Alfons Hoekstra
    • 1
  • Jaap Kaandorp
    • 1
  • Peter Sloot
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Section of Computational ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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