Unformatted text preview: While sunlight availability may be constant, the amount of biomass produced will be affected by seasonal periods of growth and reproduction from the inhabitants of a reef. 6. Name two processes that would affect larval export in a tropical reef (2pts) Currents / timing of larval release. 7. What would be the first steps in the formation of a tropical reef? (2pts) Good-dispersing species – e.g. coralline algae and some coral species, would arrive first, landing on hard substrate such as rocks, these would grow beyond the hard substrate area and form reefs. EXTRA CREDIT – What is a gorgonian? (1pt) A cnidarian – coral relative. – sea fans and sea whips with flexible skeleton....
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2010 for the course MNS 320 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.
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