The Coral Restoration Consortium’s Larval Propagation Working Group hosted an information session on the reproductive biology of the common Caribbean brain coral Diploria labyrinthiformis. This species is predicted to spawn between May 16-21 and monthly until October. The presentation included an overview of the grooved brain coral’s reproductive timing with detailed spawning predictions for different areas of the Caribbean followed by guidelines to monitor spawning, collect gametes, and rear larvae of this species, whether for research or restoration purposes.

Dr. Valérie Chamberland and Dr. Anastazia Banaszak presented information about the grooved brain coral’s reproduction and suggestions to optimize gamete collection and larval rearing. The presentation was followed by a 45 minutes Q & A session.