Mountainous Star Coral ready to spawn (Montastraea faveolata)

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Each coral polyp in this Mountainous Star coral (Montastraea faveolata) is preparing to release their gametes into the water column simultaneously. Corals use this broadcast spawning method to reduce predation and improve the chances of fertilization.