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In general, Psammocora species are very slow growing corals; with a calculated growth rate of 0.6 cm/year for P. superficialis in Costa Rica (Guzmán and Cortés 1993, Guzmán and Cortés 1989). Sexual reproduction is important, but asexual reproduction and fragmentation are more effective strategies for colonizing free areas within the reef (Cortés and Guzmán 1998). However, Psammocora species are considered to be amongst the most opportunistic species because of the capacity to rapidly recolonize open areas after disturbances (Guzmán and Cortés 2001).