Sexual reproduction in the Caribbean coral genus Isophyllia (Scleractinia: Mussidae)

  title={Sexual reproduction in the Caribbean coral genus Isophyllia (Scleractinia: Mussidae)},
  author={Derek Soto and Ernesto Weil},
The sexual pattern, reproductive mode, and timing of reproduction of Isophyllia sinuosa and Isophyllia rigida, two Caribbean Mussids, were assessed by histological analysis of specimens collected monthly during 2000–2001. Both species are simultaneous hermaphroditic brooders characterized by a single annual gametogenetic cycle. Spermatocytes and oocytes of different stages were found to develop within the same mesentery indicating sequential maturation for extended planulation. Oogenesis took… 

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