Research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that feeding on zooplankton by scleractinian corals has been greatly underestimated.
|Written by Tim Wijgerde|
Acropora palmata (Lamarck, 1816)
Swimming larvae of Acropora palmata (Staghorn Coral), an endangered Caribbean coral species. Coral larvae swim by beating cilia, which allows them to move around at about 2 mm per second. The oral end, which is where the mouth develops, is located at the posterior side of the larva.
These larvae have been acquired by fertilizing eggs and sperm, captured on the reef by SECORE-divers in August 2008. These larvae are subsequently transported to zoos and public aquaria all over the world, and will grow out to new colonies after settlement.
Dr. Iliana Baums