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Published 17 September 2009 Referencing Hub media
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DR MILES LAMARE

When these animals reproduce, they release a free-swimming stage – it’s a microscopic larval stage – and that is in the water column, moving around for weeks or months, depending on what species you’re dealing with. And that’s a way that the animal can basically colonise different areas. It releases the larvae, they get washed away, then they settle out and turn into little starfish and grow up.