Acropora coral synchronized sprawling

9 Dec 2015
Acropora coral synchronized sprawling

Full moon nights in summer are very special for corals. At 10 p.m., when water is around 24°C (75°F), Acropora digitifera corals in Okinawa start to release their eggs and sperm, known as gametes, exactly at the same time in a process called synchronized spawning.

(The coral in the photo is Acropora. )

Credit: Yuna Zayasu

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