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Coral larvae (Acropora cytherea) settled on aragonite plug.
Photo: E. Puill-Stephan

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Coral settler (Favia fragrum) on a preconditioned limestone settlement tile.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Coral larvae (Favia fragrum) searching for a settlement substrate in a laboratory container. The small size of most coral larvae (~0.5 mm) makes them difficult to observe and study in situ.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Coral settlers (Favia fragrum) on small chip of crustose coralline algae photographed under blue UV light. UV light helps with detecting and counting tiny settlers.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Adult coral (Orbicella faveolata) emitting gamete bundles during mass spawning event in Puerto Rico. Gamete bundles can be collected and raised in the lab to larval stages for coral restoration.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Coral settlers on the crustose coralline alga Titanoderma prototypum, a well known settlement-inducer.
Photo: R. Steneck

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Crustose coralline alga photographed in situ. These algae are notoriously difficult to identify.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Coral bommy covered with macroalgae in the lagoon of Moorea.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Hendrikje collecting crustose coralline algae.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Getting out in the field from research station.
Photo: M. Nugues

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Herbivorous sea urchins in the lagon of Moorea. Sea urchins can act as facilitators of coral recruitment.
Photo: G. Siu

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Fabio Bulleri deploying Diadema in the field.
Photo: J. Gasc

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Natural stands of Turbinaria ornata in the field.
Photo: F. Bulleri

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Two settled germlings of Turbinaria ornata in the lab.
Photo: F. Bulleri

Funding source : ANR