First report of chimerism in the Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum)
The phenomenon of chimerism in the Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum) is reported and quantified in semi-natural conditions. 1688 larvae were maintained in closed circuit in presence of a suitable settlement surface (marble tiles). Post settlement survival and chimera formation were monitored for 1 year. According to our observation, when polyps settle at close contact, a high frequency of chimerism is observed (32%). After 1 year, only 33% of chimeric individuals survived but they are 40% bigger than not chimeric ones, suggesting that chimerism could confer a competitive advantage linked to increased growth rate.
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GIORDANO, B., & BRAMANTI, L. (2021). First report of chimerism in the Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum). Mediterranean Marine Science, 22(1), 157–160. https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.25553
- Vol. 22 No. 1 (2021)
- Short Communication
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