Gorgonian corals reproduce asexually by cloning or fragmentation, with external fertilization. The larvae typically spend several days as plankton before settling on a hard surface to begin formation of a colony.
Key Reproductive Features: asexual ; fertilization (External ); oviparous
Parental Investment: no parental involvement
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