Detection, Pursuit, and Overgrowth of Tropical Gorgonians by Milleporid Hydrocorals: Perseus and Medusa Revisited

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Science  08 Aug 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4457, pp. 689-691
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4457.689


Encounters leading to competitive interactions between colonies on coral reefs are to some extent accidents of patterns of recruitment and growth. In contrast, colonies of Millepora spp. actively detect nearby arborescent gorgonians and subsequently redirect growth in order to contact and overgrow them. Detection is dependent on water flow over the two colonies.