Ontogenetic change in the lipid and fatty acid composition of scleractinian coral larvae

  title={Ontogenetic change in the lipid and fatty acid composition of scleractinian coral larvae},
  author={Joana Figueiredo and Andrew H Baird and Michael F. Cohen and J.-F. Flot and T. Kamiki and Tarik Meziane and Makoto Tsuchiya and Hideo Yamasaki},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Some scleractinian coral larvae have an extraordinary capacity to delay metamorphosis, and this is reflected in the large geographic range of many species. Coral eggs typically contain a high proportion of wax esters, which have been hypothesized to provide a source of energy for long-distance dispersal. To better understand the role of lipids in the dispersal of broadcast spawning coral larvae, ontogenetic changes in the lipid and fatty acid composition of Goniastrea retiformis were measured… CONTINUE READING
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