Early ontogenetic expression of specificity in a cnidarian-algal symbiosis

@inproceedings{Coffroth2001EarlyOE,
  title={Early ontogenetic expression of specificity in a cnidarian-algal symbiosis},
  author={Mary Alice Coffroth and Scott Ross Santos and Tamar L. Goulet},
  year={2001}
}
Most cnidarian-microalgae symbioses exhibit some degree of specificity in host-symbiont pairing. Among taxa with aposymbiotic larvae, specificity must be established each generation. Newly settled polyps of the gorgonians Plexaura kuna and Pseudoplexaura porosa rapidly acquired zooxanthellae, in both laboratory and field settings. Initial zooxanthella acquisition by polyps was non-selective and did not reflect adult host specificity. When placed in shallow backreef and forereef habitats, and on… CONTINUE READING
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