Coral reproductive capacity decreases with water depth

A new Tel Aviv University study, in collaboration with the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, has found that coral spawning events in the Gulf of Aqaba and Eilat, Red Sea, at the deep end of the focal species’ depth range (~30–45 m) occur at much lower intensities than those at shallow water (0–30 m). The study shows that while in shallow water about half of the corals engaged in each reproductive event, this proportion dropped to only 10–20% in the deeper part of the reef.

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