The evolution of mating systems in tropical reef corals.

  title={The evolution of mating systems in tropical reef corals.},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={14 12},
  • Carlon
  • Published 1999 in Trends in ecology & evolution
The life histories of tropical reef corals (Scleractinia) include two traits that can strongly bias mating systems towards inbreeding: (1) most species express both sexes simultaneously, creating the potential for self-fertilization; and (2) there is philopatric dispersal of planktonic or demersal larvae. Recent studies have confirmed that all hermaphrodite species with broad dispersal potential are either completely, or almost completely, self-incompatible. By contrast, species with limited… CONTINUE READING

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