How severe is sperm limitation in natural populations of marine free-spawners?

@article{Yund2000HowSI,
  title={How severe is sperm limitation in natural populations of marine free-spawners?},
  author={Yund},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2000},
  volume={15 1},
  pages={10-13}
}
  • Yund
  • Published 2000 in Trends in ecology & evolution
Successful fertilization in marine organisms that release sperm into seawater is potentially limited by the rapid dilution of gametes; cases of severe sperm limitation have been demonstrated in nature. However, recent surveys of naturally spawning populations indicate fairly high fertilization levels in many taxa. The extreme selection exerted by sperm limitation has resulted in numerous adaptations to reduce sperm limitation and enhance fertilization. Thus, most taxa show indications of the… CONTINUE READING