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Title: Adding coral rubble to substrata enhances settlement of Pocillopora damicornis larvae
Authors: Lee, C.S. 
Walford, J. 
Goh, B.P.L.
Keywords: Artificial substrata
Larval settlement
Pocillopora damicornis
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Citation: Lee, C.S., Walford, J., Goh, B.P.L. (2009-06). Adding coral rubble to substrata enhances settlement of Pocillopora damicornis larvae. Coral Reefs 28 (2) : 529-533. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Settlement preferences of Pocillopora damicornis larvae were examined on artificial substrata. Planulation of P. damicornis followed a lunar cycle and the release of larvae occurred after new moon. P. damicornis larvae had the highest rates of settlement within 3 days of being presented settlement substrata. Cumulative settlement gradually increased from 3 to 8 days, and post-settlement mortality was most frequent after 8 days. Settlement experiments showed greatest settlement preference to cement tiles containing 10% coral rubble. This study suggests that physical cues are important in the settlement process, which may be useful for coral reef rehabilitation projects. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.
Source Title: Coral Reefs
ISSN: 07224028
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-009-0467-y
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