California Sea Grant College Program
Finding the Chemical Signals that Induce Marine Larvae to Settle to the Sea Floor
- Author(s): Zimmer, Richard
- et al.
Until recently, the common wisdom among scientists was that larvae are passive drifters, tossed at the whim of powerful waves and currents. Where they settled was believed to be a matter of random chance. This theory had holes ,however, since field observations consistently showed that settlement rates are higher on preferred reef materials.