Reproductive patterns in three species of large coral reef sponges

  title={Reproductive patterns in three species of large coral reef sponges},
  author={Wilfried F. Hoppe},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
The type and frequency of reproduction of three common sponge species was monitored histologically and by direct field observations of spawning events over 2 successive years at the reefs of Curaçao. Ircinia strobilina showed year round reproductive activity by the production of spermatic cysts in varying intensities in a major part of the population. Production of oocytes and larvae were only observed in the period from September through April, indicating an actual breeding season of 8 months… CONTINUE READING