Coastal Fauna: Recruitment rate of invertebrates

Marine invertebrates vary in their reproductive strategies, from brooding until settlement to broadcast spawning of gametes and from direct developing (non-feeding) forms to long-lived larval stages. Regardless of strategy, recruitment rates into existing or new habitat can determine survival of a species and adaptation to new conditions. Recruitment can be measured as successful settling or juvenile stages into appropriate habitat for the juvenile and/or adult form.