eweil at rsmas.miami.edu
Fri Sep 22 09:40:52 EDT 1995
Colonies of D.stockessi have started to show signs of the disease in
Biscayne National Park reefs. Still very few individuals in the area though.
Surveys made two weeks ago over 8 reefs (offshore and inshore) resulted in
only one colony of Dstockesii (< 1% of colonies surveyed) with signs of the
disease. Some colonies of Apalmata have been showing white bands (bleaching,
white band disease?) for over a month but this bands do not seem to advance
quickly. R. Curry from the Park Service, noted some colonies of M.cavernosa
also with white-line disease symptoms. On the other hand, many colonies
(60-70 % of the ones surveyed) of Acervicornis where mostly dead with only
the tips alive in two of our reef sites. This young colonies were doing fine
until two weeks ago. Symptoms seem to be those of the "white-line" disease.
More to come. EW.
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