Experimental hybridization and breeding incompatibilities within the mating systems of mass spawning reef corals

@article{Willis1997ExperimentalHA,
  title={Experimental hybridization and breeding incompatibilities within the mating systems of mass spawning reef corals},
  author={Bette L Willis and Russell C. Babcock and Peter L. Harrison and Carden C. Wallace},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={1997},
  volume={16},
  pages={S53-S65}
}
Abstract. Synchronous spawning of many coral species that co-occur on Indo-Pacific reefs raises the possibility that hybridization plays a role in their evolution. Here we use experimental crosses to examine mating compatibilities and breeding barriers in a group of sessile animals whose mating systems are primarily governed by interactions among free-spawned gametes. We found hybridization occurs readily in more than one-third of 42 species pairs from the common genera Acropora, Montipora and… Expand

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