Topics » Science & Technology   Feb. 28, 2012

When the Ocean Gets Choppy, Corals Clone

Naked Embryos

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Photo: Heyward & Negri, AIMS

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Naked Embryos

Unlike most other organisms, coral eggs produce embryos that are not surrounded by a protective membrane, which makes them vulnerable to separation into component cells by even mild turbulence. Embryos without a surrounding protective membrane are known as "naked embryos."

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