Energetics, competency, and long-distance dispersal of planula larvae of the coral Pocillopora damicornis

@article{Richmond1987EnergeticsCA,
  title={Energetics, competency, and long-distance dispersal of planula larvae of the coral Pocillopora damicornis},
  author={Robert H. Richmond},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={1987},
  volume={93},
  pages={527-533}
}
Pocillopora damicornis (Linnaeus) were collected from Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, in 1980–1981) and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, in 1982. Their planula larvae contained 17% protein, 70% lipid, and 13% carbohydrate by dry weight. Calculations based on stored energy reserves and daily metabolic expenditure indicate that planulae could survive approximately 100 d and still settle successfully. Competency experiments demonstrated that larvae settled and metamorphosed after 103 d. This period of time… 

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