Light Control of Growth Form in Colonial Reef Corals: Computer Simulation

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Science  03 Sep 1976:
Vol. 193, Issue 4256, pp. 895-897
DOI: 10.1126/science.193.4256.895


Computer simulation with plotter output reveals the close interrelation between ambient light and the skeletal morphogenesis of the massive Caribbean reef coral Montastrea annularis. This technique illustrates a new quantitative approach to evaluating ecological growth responses of colonial organisms.