Impact of reproductive pattern of tabular coral Acropora hyacinthus

This paper describes the reproductive pattern of the dominant tabular coral Acropora hyacinthus in northwestern Philippines from year 2014 - 2016. Our results reveal that this coral exhibits an extended release of gametes, both within and among individual colonies, from February to April; but major gamete release occurred in March. Inter-annual variability in the spawning pattern (synchrony and timing of gamete release among colonies) was also observed. The results of this study are essential in understanding the variation of this coral’s reproductive biology across geographic location. Also, this data contributes to the increasing knowledge on the coral reproductive strategies in the Philippines and provides information on availability of coral materials for coral reef restoration efforts and recovery of degraded coral communities

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