Reef Coral from Aldabra: New Mode of Reproduction

Science  03 Oct 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3901, pp. 119-121
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3901.119


A unique mode of asexual reproduction in recently collected specimens of Goniopora (Scleractinia) is reported. Skeleton is absent from new polyps; the skelton develops independently of the parent colony as the new polyps themselves increase. The young colonies eventually become detached. The cycle seems to be a response to a sandy habitat, a conclusion reached by analogy With Fungia and Manicina.