Mobility and self-righting by a free-living mushroom coral through pulsed inflation

Hoeksema, Bert W. and Bongaerts, Pim. (2015) Mobility and self-righting by a free-living mushroom coral through pulsed inflation. Marine Biodiversity, 46 2: 521-524. doi:10.1007/s12526-015-0384-y


Author Hoeksema, Bert W.
Bongaerts, Pim.
Title Mobility and self-righting by a free-living mushroom coral through pulsed inflation
Journal name Marine Biodiversity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1867-1624
1867-1616
Publication date 2015-09-11
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s12526-015-0384-y
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 521
End page 524
Total pages 4
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer Verlag
Language eng
Subject 1910 Oceanography
1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
1104 Aquatic Science
Abstract Locomotion and self-righting in an overturned juvenile mushroom coral, Herpolitha limax, was documented and analyzed by the use of time-lapse photography. The coral used a series of rhythmic polyp expansions and contractions to move itself. The complete process of the righting took place within six hours, consisting of a stationary phase, a shuffle phase, a sudden flip-over, and a recovery phase. The mouth of the coral may be used to eject water, which can perhaps be applied as a means of jet propulsion. This report demonstrates that time-lapse photography can be applied to analyze all kinds of behavior in marine invertebrates that move too slow for regular observations.
Keyword Behavior
Flip-over
Hopping
Jet propulsion
Locomotion
Overturning
Shuffle phase
Time-lapse photography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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