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The ecology and behaviour of ascidian larvae
Svane, I.; Young, C.M. (1989). The ecology and behaviour of ascidian larvae. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 27: 45-90
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
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Keywords
    Abundance; Behaviour; Distribution; Larvae; Literature reviews; Recruitment; Ascidia Linnaeus, 1767 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Svane, I.
  • Young, C.M.

Abstract
    Recent studies of ascidian larval biology reveal a diversity of structure and behaviour not previously recognised. The introduction of direct methods for observing ascidian larvae in situ has provided important insights on larval behaviour, mortality, and dispersal not possible with the microscopic larvae of most other marine invertebrates. In the context of these recent advances, this review considers the ecology of pelagic phases (egg, embryo, and larva) of the ascidian life cycle and relates aspects of reproduction and larval biology to the recruitment, abundance, and distribution of adult populations.

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