J. Bouwmeester, M. Berumen
F1000Research, 4:2, (2015)
Coral spawning in the northern Gulf of Aqaba has been reported to be
asynchronous, making it almost unique when compared to other regions in
the world. Here, we document the reproductive condition of
Acropora corals in early June 2014 in Dahab, in the Gulf of
Aqaba, 125 km south of previous studies conducted in Eilat, Israel.
Seventy-eight percent of
Acropora colonies from 14 species had mature eggs, indicating
that most colonies will spawn on or around the June full moon, with a
very high probability of multi-species synchronous spawning. Given the
proximity to Eilat, we predict that a comparable sampling protocol would
detect similar levels of reproductive synchrony throughout the Gulf of
Aqaba consistent with the hypothesis that high levels of spawning
synchrony are a feature of all speciose coral assemblages.