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Limitations of mitochondrial gene barcoding in Octocorallia
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The limitations of mitochondrial gene barcoding in the sub‐class Octocorallia, a large, diverse, and ecologically important group of anthozoans, are examined, finding a COI’+ igr1 +‰msh1 barcode nonetheless represents a valuable addition to the depauperate set of characters available for octocoral taxonomy.
COLONY INTEGRATION DURING REGENERATION IN THE STONY CORAL FAVIA FAVUS
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It is concluded that in long-lived organisms such as corals, there is a priority of energy allocation to recovery rather than to reproduction, and that colony integration during stress is a basic life-preserving ability and one of the most important advantages of clonal and colonial organisms.
Sexual reproduction in octocorals
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Differences in reproductive characteristics between the 2 taxa do not offer an obvious explanation for these differentBiogeographic patterns of reproductive biology within Octocorallia.
Fish assemblage on natural versus vertical artificial reefs: the rehabilitation perspective
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It is suggested that vertical structures are more attractive to fish settlement and recruitment than moderately sloped bottoms such as those found at the fringing reefs of Eilat.
Flow-dependent herbivory and growth in zooxanthellae-free soft corals
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A carbon budget for Dendronephthya hemprichi is presented, synthesizing field data on somatic growth, food intake, and respiration, and the ability of octocorals to feed on phytoplankton is probably related to the narrowly spaced pinnules on their tentacles as well as morphological and behavioral adaptations to living in strong flow.
Effect of lesion size and shape on regeneration of the Red Sea coral Favia favus
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The results show for the first time the significant effect of lesion size and shape on the regeneration capability of a colonial coral in scleractinian colonial coral Favia farms.
First evidence of maternal transmission of algal endosymbionts at an oocyte stage in a triploblastic host, with observations on reproduction in Waminoa brickneri (Acoelomorpha)
Abstract. Examination of sexual reproduction in a symbiotic acoelomorph worm, Waminoa brickneri from Eilat (Red Sea), presents the first definitive evidence for maternal transmission of
Prolonged Lag in Population Outbreak of an Invasive Mussel: A Shifting-Habitat Model
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It is suggested that the delayed formation of B. pharaonis beds along the Israeli coast is a consequence of a recent shift in habitat conditions on some platforms, and receding of the biogenic rim at the edge of these platforms allowed more effective washing, reduced sediment accumulation, and reduced perennial algae cover making platforms more suitable for the mussels.
Diversity of dinoflagellate symbionts in Red Sea soft corals: mode of symbiont acquisition matters
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This study investigated the clade identity of symbionts in soft coral hosts (Eilat, Red Sea) in relation to their hosts' mode of symbiotic acquisition and found for the first time that all hosts using horizontal transmission harbored symbiont belonging to Clade C while those with vertical transmission uniquely harbored Symbionts from Clade A.
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