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Sexual Reproduction and Seasonality of the Alaskan Red Tree Coral, Primnoa pacifica
Description: The red tree coral Primnoa pacifica is an important habitat forming octocoral in North Pacific waters. Given the prominence of this species in shelf and upper slope areas of the Gulf of Alaska where fishing disturbance can be high, it may be able to sustain healthy populations through adaptive reproductive processes. This study was designed to test this hypothesis, examining reproductive mode, seasonality and fecundity in both undamaged and simulated damaged colonies over the course of 16 months using a deepwater-emerged population in Tracy Arm Fjord. [Source: PLoS ONE]
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Source: PLoS ONE
Publish Date: 4/25/2014
Reading Level: Expert
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