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Free Content Effects of Temperature on Reproduction in the Hermatypic Coral Pocillopora Damicornis

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The optimal reproductive temperature for the coral Pocillopora damicornis (L.) in Hawaii compares with the 26–27°C optimum previously reported for skeletal growth. The reproductive peak is approximately ten times stronger than the observed growth response for the species. Temperature appears to influence abundance of this species primarily through control of the reproductive process.

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Publication date: 1978-10-01

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