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Broadcast spawning of Pocillopora verrucosa across the eastern and western coast of the central Red Sea

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dc.contributor King Abdullah Univ Sci & Technol
dc.contributor Smithsonian National Zoological Park & Conservation Biology Institute
dc.contributor Smithsonian Conservat Biol Inst
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
dc.contributor Div Biol & Environm Sci & Engn
dc.contributor Smithsonian Institution
dc.contributor Australian Institute of Marine Science
dc.contributor Red Sea Res Ctr Sinclair-Taylor, Tane H. Berumen, Michael L. Coker, Darren J. Bouwmeester, Jessica 2021-02-28T18:52:25Z 2021-03-02T02:31:19Z 2021-02-28T18:52:25Z 2021-03-02T02:31:19Z 2021-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Bouwmeester J, Coker DJ, Sinclair-Taylor TH, Berumen ML (2021) Broadcast spawning of Pocillopora verrucosa across the eastern and western coast of the central Red Sea. Ecosphere 12(1): e03340
dc.identifier.issn 2150-8925
dc.description.abstract Coral spawning is a fundamental process in the preservation of coral reef systems. However, reproductive information is still rare for many coral species and across a number of locations. No reproductive information is yet available from the western coast of the central and southern Red Sea. We document here the daytime spawning of Pocillopora verrucosa across the two coasts of the central Red Sea, in Saudi Arabia on the eastern side and in Sudan on the western side. In both sites, P. verrucosa released its gametes in the morning, 1-2 d before the new moon, within a 25-day window between mid-May and mid-June, matching other known observations from the east coast of the central Red Sea. Spawning followed a period of rapidly changing sea surface temperature. We here propose that given the reproductive synchrony of P. verrucosa across both coasts, the timing of coral spawning from other species is likely to be similar as well.
dc.description.sponsorship The authors would like to thank Jesse Cochran for organizing the field work in Al Lith, the crew of the MV Dream 3 in Al Lith, and the captain and crew of the MV Don Questo in Sudan. Funds were provided by KAUST baseline research funding and award CRG-1-BER-002 to MLB. The authors declare no conflict of interest.
dc.language English
dc.subject new moon spawning
dc.subject sexual reproduction
dc.subject Pocilloporidae
dc.subject cauliflower coral
dc.subject reproductive timing
dc.subject Environmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subject Scleractinia
dc.subject daytime spawning
dc.subject Middle East
dc.subject Ecology
dc.title Broadcast spawning of Pocillopora verrucosa across the eastern and western coast of the central Red Sea
dc.type journal article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/ecs2.3340
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000614109800024

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