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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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