Effects of Spatial Distribution and Reproductive Biology on in situ Fertilization Rates of a Broadcast-Spawning Invertebrate.

@article{Coma1997EffectsOS,
  title={Effects of Spatial Distribution and Reproductive Biology on in situ Fertilization Rates of a Broadcast-Spawning Invertebrate.},
  author={Rafel Coma and Howard R. Lasker},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={1997},
  volume={193 1},
  pages={20-29}
}
In situ fertilization was examined in the gorgonian Pseudoplexaura porosa during 1994 and 1995 spawning events in the San Blas Islands, Panama, to assess spatial and temporal variation in fertilization success and to determine whether in situ fertilization was sperm limited. Fertilization rates did not differ significantly between years (60% vs. 55%), but monthly means were significantly different, ranging from 22% to 66%. Fertilization rate varied among days, ranging from 0 to 85%; 80% of this… CONTINUE READING