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David J. Combosch and Steven V. Vollmer Mixed asexual and sexual reproduction in the Indo-Pacific reef coral Pocillopora damicornis Ecology and Evolution 3

Article first published online: 22 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.721

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This study provides the first detailed genetic analyses of the unusual, simultaneously mixed reproductive strategy in the important reef-building coral Pocillopora damicornis. The proportion of sexual larvae varied with colony size, reproductive cycle day and general calendar day. In particular, the decrease in the production of sexually produced larvae with increasing colony size, suggests that the mixed reproductive strategy changes across the life of the coral, which has important ecological and evolutionary consequences.

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