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- Hartmann, Aaron C.; Marhaver, Kristen L.; Klueter, Anke; Lovci, Michael T.; Closek, Collin J.; Diaz, Erika; Chamberland, Valérie F.; Archer, Frederick I.; Deheyn, Dimitri D.; Vermeij, Mark J. A.; Medina, Mónica
- Molecular ecology 2019 v.28 no.1 pp. 141-155
- Scleractinia; Symbiodiniaceae; adults; coral reefs; corals; eggs; endosymbionts; gene expression; hosts; juveniles; larvae; life history; lipids; mutualism; parents; photosynthesis; plankton; progeny; reproductive fitness; swimming; Caribbean
- ... Theory suggests that the direct transmission of beneficial endosymbionts (mutualists) from parents to offspring (vertical transmission) in animal hosts is advantageous and evolutionarily stable, yet many host species instead acquire their symbionts from the environment (horizontal acquisition). An outstanding question in marine biology is why some scleractinian corals do not provision their eggs a ...