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Coral Spawning and Larval Aggregation (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 444

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Group Zooplankton
Biotic Subclass Coral Meroplankton
Biotic Group Coral Spawning and Larval Aggregation
Biotic Community Acroporid Spawning Aggregation
Montastraea Spawning Aggregation


Description
Definition Water parcels in which coral gametes and larvae are aggregated during and after simultaneous spawning (often in astronomical numbers). In events that involve synchronous spawning of multiple species of corals, the concept of species-specific or group-specific biotic communities (below) may not apply, and the feature is identified at the biotic group level.