Reproduction, energy storage and metabolic requirements in a mesophotic population of the gorgonian Paramuricea macrospina

@article{Griny2018ReproductionES,
  title={Reproduction, energy storage and metabolic requirements in a mesophotic population of the gorgonian Paramuricea macrospina},
  author={Jordi Griny{\'o} and N{\'u}ria Viladrich and David D{\'i}az and Anabel Mu{\~n}oz and S. Mallol and Janire Salazar and Raquel Castillo and Josep Maria Gili and Andrea Gori},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2018},
  volume={13}
}
This study examined the sexual reproductive cycle, energy storage and metabolic requirements of a Mediterranean gorgonian in a mesophotic ecosystem (~70 m depth). Paramuricea macrospina resulted to be a gonochoric internal brooding species with a 1:1 population sex ratio. Oogenesis lasted ~12–14 months, whereas spermatogenesis was significantly shorter, only lasting 6 months. Fertilization occurred during late summer (August) and larval release occurred during autumn (September–October). The… 
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