Acropora palmata is an important indicator species of barrier reefs in the tropical Atlantic. Fire coral are also abundant in the Bahamas.
This fits well with island ecology, as evolutionary patterns can be best seen and exemplified in marine ecosystems and migration from island to island (Founder Effect). There are also seemingly contradictatory observations in such cases that seem to be exceptions (or are they?) to the rules governing evolution.
Intro: Evolution defined
-Mendelian Genetics (brief)
Sexual Dimorphism in Marine Species
-Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction (brief)
-Male vs. Male (intrasexual)
-Selection of traits that may/may not increase fitness
-Male vs. Female (intersexual)
-Selection of traits that may/may not increase
-Why not optimal traits chosen?
-Reproduction Rates vs. Mortality Rates
-Red Queen Hypothesis
-"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place."
-Evolutionary "Cold War"
-Adaptation, not perfection.
-Sexual competition paradox
-Red Queen paradox
-Traits increase LRS: trade-off
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