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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.

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