coral disease in the Philippines
Laurie Jeanne Raymundo
ljr5 at cornell.edu
Thu Nov 14 17:06:09 EST 1996
To anybody out there: I am currently transplanting fragments of Porites
attenuata (a branching sp.) between two reefs in the central philippines.
I seem to have come across a disease in some of my fragments (about 10%) in
one site. Symptoms are: initial white bleachy spots, about 4-5mm in
diameter, followed (weeks to a month later, but not always) by nodules of
about the same size which develop and grow outward from the area of the
spots. The fragments then take on a lumpy, misshapen appearance. No
mortalities so far. I have also seen the spots on a massive porites. I
have no information on this at all and would appreciate any
comments/suggested readings/ information that anyone could pass on.
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