Larval dispersal and marine population connectivity.

  title={Larval dispersal and marine population connectivity.},
  author={Robert K. Cowen and Su Sponaugle},
  journal={Annual review of marine science},
Connectivity, or the exchange of individuals among marine populations, is a central topic in marine ecology. For most benthic marine species with complex life cycles, this exchange occurs primarily during the pelagic larval stage. The small size of larvae coupled with the vast and complex fluid environment they occupy hamper our ability to quantify dispersal and connectivity. Evidence from direct and indirect approaches using geochemical and genetic techniques suggests that populations range… CONTINUE READING
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