Synchronous Spawning—When Timing Is Everything

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Science  21 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5303, pp. 1080-1081
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5303.1080

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Some corals release their gametes all at once, dramatically increasing the chances of any one gamete being fertilized. In a report in this issue, Clifton et al. (1116) demonstrate that a seaweed, Halimeda, also engages in synchronous spawning. Hay's Perspective discusses the natural history of these seaweeds and their efficient use of time in their growth and reproduction.