Reproduction of Some Common Hawaiian Reef Corals

  • John S. Stimson


The study of coral ecology has primarily been one of distribution and zonation and little attention has been paid to the adaptations of particular species, aside from the obvious one of morphology. Now workers are beginning to study such questions as the relative ability of different species to capture zooplankton food (Porter, 1974; Johannes & Tepley, 1974) and how coral species rank in terms of predator-preferences (Goreau, et al, 1972). Such studies can be useful in interpreting coral community structure. In this work I have asked whether different coral species have different modes and temporal patterns of reproduction, and if they do, how these might represent adaptations to the environments of these species.


Methylene Blue Reef Coral Reef Flat Coral Species Hermatypic Coral 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Stimson
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  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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