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Dispersal of Larvae by Equatorial Ocean Currents and its Importance to the Zoogeography of Shoal-water Tropical Species

Nature volume 217, pages 11591162 (23 March 1968) | Download Citation

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PLANKTONIC larvae are dispersal stages which make it possible for marine species to breach faunal barriers and to colonize new regions. The occurrence of trans-oceanic dispersal by larvae of the shoal-water tropical benthos can be deduced if the actual distribution of such larvae is known relative to the principal ocean currents likely to transport them.

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    • RUDOLF S. SCHELTEMA

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