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Fluorescent Color of Coral Larvae Predicts Whether They'll Settle or Swim


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Source: EurekAlert!

January 25, 2011

 

Austin, Texas - Young staghorn coral that fluoresce redder are less likely to settle and develop into coral polyps than their greener peers, University of Texas at Austin biologists have discovered.

 

The finding may help scientists monitor how corals adapt to global warming because the less likely coral larvae are to settle, the more likely they will disperse from their reef of origin.

 

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