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Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae$
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Tyler Carrier, Adam Reitzel, and Andreas Heyland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786962.001.0001

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Section 3 Summary—Larval Transport, Settlement, and Metamorphosis

Section 3 Summary—Larval Transport, Settlement, and Metamorphosis

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Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae
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Tyler J. Carrier, Adam M. Reitzel, Andreas Heyland
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786962.003.0015

Life cycles for broadcast-spawning marine invertebrates are characterized by a pelagic (larval) and benthic (juvenile and adult) stage, which are differentiated by the process of settlement and metamorphosis. While settlement and recruitment are concepts that primarily deal with the ecological aspects of this transition, they are often accompanied by a drastic morphological and developmental transition. Larval transport, the means of reaching suitable settlement sites, is difficult to study, but insights from genetics, behavior, sensory ecology, and oceanography have provided important insights....

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