Comparative Embryology of Eleven Species of Stony Corals (Scleractinia)

  title={Comparative Embryology of Eleven Species of Stony Corals (Scleractinia)},
  author={Nami Okubo and Takuma Mezaki and Yoko Nozawa and Yoshikatsu Nakano and Yi-Ting Lien and Hironobu Fukami and D. C. Hayward and Eldon E. Ball},
  booktitle={PloS one},
A comprehensive understanding of coral reproduction and development is needed because corals are threatened in many ways by human activity. Major threats include the loss of their photosynthetic symbionts (Symbiodinium) caused by rising temperatures (bleaching), reduced ability to calcify caused by ocean acidification, increased storm severity associated with global climate change and an increase in predators caused by runoff from human agricultural activity. In spite of these threats, detailed… CONTINUE READING
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