December 2015

Lord Howe Island, home to the southernmost coral reef in the world, is dominated by corals that reproduce by brooding larvae, such as this Porites. In this issue, Keith et al. suggest that this unusually high representation of brooding species might be explained by the high probability of local larval retention relative to broadcast spawning species. On such a geographically isolated island, local retention is essential for population persistence.

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