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The infection process of the reef coral Stylophora pistillata by the parasitic copepod, Xarifia obesa
TLDR
These phenomena suggest that the xarifiids may release chemicals to induce the relaxation of coral polyps and are likely immune to the nematocysts of corals. Expand
Endosymbiotic copepods may feed on zooxanthellae from their coral host, Pocillopora damicornis
TLDR
The cultivation experiment supports the hypothesis that the unicellular algae were beneficial to the survival of X. fissilis under light conditions, possibly through transferring photosynthates to the hosts. Expand