Genetic Traces of Recent Long-Distance Dispersal in a Predominantly Self-Recruiting Coral
Madeleine JH van Oppen, Adrian Lutz, Glenn De'ath, Lesa Peplow, Stuart Kininmonth
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND: Understanding of the magnitude and direction of the exchange of individuals among geographically separated subpopulations that comprise a metapopulation (connectivity) can lead to an improved ability to forecast how fast coral reef organisms are likely to recover from disturbance events that cause extensive mortality. Reef corals that brood their larvae internally and release mature larvae are believed to show little exchange of larvae over ecological times scales and are therefore expected to recover extremely slowly from large-scale perturbations. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using analysis of ten DNA microsatellite loci, we show that although Great Barrier Reef (GBR) popula..View full abstract
All the work was funded by the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Design and conduct of the study, the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data, and the preparation of the manuscript was conducted by the authors.