Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.110308.120220
Title: Systematic and biogeographical patterns in the reproductive biology of scleractinian corals
Authors: Baird, A.H.
Guest, J.R. 
Willis, B.L.
Keywords: Breeding systems
Climate change
Coral reefs
Dispersal
Evolution
Larval development
Life histories
Symbiosis
Synchrony
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2009
Citation: Baird, A.H., Guest, J.R., Willis, B.L. (2009-12-01). Systematic and biogeographical patterns in the reproductive biology of scleractinian corals. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 40 : 551-571. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.110308.120220
Abstract: A limited diversity of character states for reproductive traits and a robust phylogeny make scleractinian corals an ideal model organism with which to explore the evolution of life-history traits. Here, we explore systematic and biogeographical patterns in the reproductive biology of the Scleractinia within the context of a new molecular phylogeny and using reproductive traits from nearly 400 species. Our analyses confirm that coral sexuality is highly conserved, and mode of larval development is relatively plastic. An overabundance of species with autotrophic larvae in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic is most likely the result of increased capacity for long-distance dispersal conferred by vertical transmission of symbiotic zooxanthellae. Spawning records from diverse biogeographical regions indicate that multispecies spawning occurs in all speciose coral assemblages. A new quantitative index of spawning synchrony shows peaks at mid-tropical latitudes in the Indo-Pacific, influenced in part by two spawning seasons in many species on equatorial reefs. Copyright © 2009 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/101804
ISSN: 1543592X
DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.110308.120220
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