Do Corals Lie About Their Age? Some Demographic Consequences of Partial Mortality, Fission, and Fusion

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Science  08 Aug 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4457, pp. 713-715
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4457.713


Population dynamics of corals and other colonial animals are complicated by their modular construction and growth. Partial colony mortality, colony fission, and colony fusion distort any simple relationship between size and age among reef corals.