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    Coral Reef Relationships

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    One of the most important resources on a coral reef is space. Can you discuss the interspecific and intraspecific relationships that have resulted from this competition for living space? Can you include information about competition and about mutualism?

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    Coral reefs have a mutualistic association with the dinoflagellate organisms. This is advantageous for corals and the dinoflagellates. Details are explained below.

    Competition occurs when organisms in the same community hunt for the same resource. This resource may be food, prey, water, light, nutrients, nest sites, etc.
    - Intraspecific competition occurs among the members of the same species.
    - Interspecific competition occurs among individuals of different species is.
    - Mutualism is the relationship in an interspecific interaction between two species that ...

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    This solution is provided in 335 words and analyzes the interaction between coral reefs and their ecosystem.