Delayed maturation in the colonial coralGoniastrea aspera (Scleractinia): whole-colony mortality, colony growth and polyp egg production

@article{Sakai2007DelayedMI,
  title={Delayed maturation in the colonial coralGoniastrea aspera (Scleractinia): whole-colony mortality, colony growth and polyp egg production},
  author={Kazuhiko Sakai},
  journal={Researches on Population Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={40},
  pages={287-292}
}
The present study examines (1) the cost of reproduction on colony growth, and (2) relationships among sexual maturity, whole-colony mortality rate and colony growth rate inGoniastrea aspera free from external influences by macrobenthos. Survival of colonies in permanent plots was followed for two years. Egg production by polyps in colonies collected just before the first spawning of a year was estimated by dissecting the polyps. Growth of the colonies (increase in number of polyps) was followed… CONTINUE READING