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Broadcast Spawning by Pocillopora Species on the Great Barrier Reef

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Univ Tasmania
dc.contributor Carl Von Ossietzky Universitat Oldenburg
dc.contributor Inst Biol & Environm Sci
dc.contributor James Cook Univ
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor Australian Res Council Ctr Excellence Coral Reef
dc.contributor University Of Tasmania
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Inst Marine & Antarctic Studies
dc.contributor Carl Von Ossietzky Univ Oldenburg
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en
dc.contributor.author BAIRD, ANDREW H.
dc.contributor.author SCHMIDT-ROACH, SEBASTIAN
dc.contributor.author MILLER, KAREN J.
dc.contributor.author WOOLSEY, ERIKA
dc.contributor.author GERLACH, GABRIELE
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T01:09:46Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T01:09:46Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-28T06:55:59Z
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-09T01:22:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T06:55:59Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T06:55:59Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T01:09:46Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-09T01:22:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12-05
dc.identifier 9395 en
dc.identifier.citation Schmidt-Roach S, Miller KJ, Woolsey E, Gerlach G and Baird AH (2012) Broadcast spawning by Pocillopora species on the Great Barrier Reef. PLoS ONE. 7: e50847. en
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/11068/9395
dc.description.abstract The coral genus Pocillopora is one of the few to include some species that broadcast spawn gametes and some species that brood larvae, although reports of reproductive mode and timing vary within and among species across their range. Notably, the ubiquitous Pocillopora damicornis has been described as both a brooder and spawner, although evidence of broadcast spawning is rare. Here, we report observations of broadcast-spawning in four species of Pocillopora on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), including P. damicornis. All species spawned predictably during the early morning, two days following the full moon, and spawning was observed in multiple months over the summer period (November to February). Eggs and sperm were free-spawned concurrently. Eggs were negatively buoyant and contained Symbiodinium. This newfound knowledge on the mode, timing and regularity of broadcast spawning in Pocillopora spp. on the GBR brings us one step closer to elucidating the complex reproductive ecology of these species.
dc.description.sponsorship This work has been funded through the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) program, an Australian Government initiative supporting world class, public good research. The CERF Marine Biodiversity Hub is a collaborative partnership between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Geoscience Australia, Australian Institute of Marine Science and Museum Victoria. Additionally this study was kindly supported by a research award from the Winifred Violet Scott Estate Trust. S. S-R is also supported by an Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) and CERF Marine Biodiversity Hub scholarship. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
dc.description.uri http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0050847
dc.language English
dc.language en en
dc.relation.ispartof PLoS ONE - pages: 7: e50847 en
dc.relation.ispartof Null
dc.subject Coral Recruits
dc.subject Eastern Pacific
dc.subject Science & Technology - Other Topics
dc.subject Asexual Reproduction
dc.subject Genetic-structure
dc.subject Multidisciplinary Sciences
dc.subject Populations
dc.subject Patterns
dc.subject Damicornis
dc.subject Genotypic Diversity
dc.subject Lunar Periodicity
dc.subject Scleractinia
dc.title Broadcast Spawning by Pocillopora Species on the Great Barrier Reef
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0050847
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000312588200076


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