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Gametogenesis and Spawning of Solenastrea bournoni and Stephanocoenia intersepta in Southeast Florida, USA
Journal of Marine Biology
  • Jenna R. Lueg, Nova Southeastern University
  • Alison L. Moulding, Nova Southeastern University
  • Vladimir N. Kosmynin, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • David S. Gilliam, Nova Southeastern University
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This study constitutes the first report of the gametogenic cycle of the scleractinian corals Solenastrea bournoni and Stephanocoenia intersepta. Tissue samples were collected near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA between July 2008 and November 2009 and processed for histological examination in an effort to determine reproductive mode and potential spawning times. Both S. bournoni and S. intersepta are gonochoric, broadcast spawning species. Gametogenesis of S. bournoni began in April or May while S. intersepta had a much longer oogenic cycle that began in December with spermatogenesis beginning in July. Though spawning was not observed in situ, spawning was inferred from the decrease of late stage gametes in histological samples. In addition, histological observations of oocyte resorption and released spermatozoa were used to corroborate spawning times. Data indicate that S. bournoni spawns in September while S. intersepta spawns after the full moon in late August or early Septembe


Copyright © 2012 Jenna R. Lueg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Jenna R. Lueg, Alison L. Moulding, Vladimir N. Kosmynin and David S. Gilliam. "Gametogenesis and Spawning of Solenastrea bournoni and Stephanocoenia intersepta in Southeast Florida, USA" Journal of Marine Biology Vol. 2012 (2012) p. 1 AID 370247 - 13 ISSN: 1687-9481
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