Morphological and genetic variation across reef habitats in a broadcast-spawning octocoral

  title={Morphological and genetic variation across reef habitats in a broadcast-spawning octocoral},
  author={Elizabeth Kim and Howard R. Lasker and Mary Alice Coffroth and Kiho Kim},
Octocorals, like many other colonial benthic invertebrates, exhibit remarkable levels of morphological variability. The basis for this variability has been largely unexplored. Plexaura flexuosa Lamouroux, a common Caribbean octocoral, is found in virtually all reef habitats, and exhibits habitat-related differences in growth rates and fecundity. Population genetic structure and morphological variability in branch and sclerite characters were examined in nine populations from back reef, shallow… CONTINUE READING
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