An Indo-Pacific coral spawning database

Sci Data. 2021 Jan 29;8(1):35. doi: 10.1038/s41597-020-00793-8.


The discovery of multi-species synchronous spawning of scleractinian corals on the Great Barrier Reef in the 1980s stimulated an extraordinary effort to document spawning times in other parts of the globe. Unfortunately, most of these data remain unpublished which limits our understanding of regional and global reproductive patterns. The Coral Spawning Database (CSD) collates much of these disparate data into a single place. The CSD includes 6178 observations (3085 of which were unpublished) of the time or day of spawning for over 300 scleractinian species in 61 genera from 101 sites in the Indo-Pacific. The goal of the CSD is to provide open access to coral spawning data to accelerate our understanding of coral reproductive biology and to provide a baseline against which to evaluate any future changes in reproductive phenology.

Publication types

  • Dataset

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anthozoa / physiology*
  • Indian Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Reproduction