Black band disease - Acropora / Gulf-Saudi Arabia
yfadlal at dpc.kfupm.edu.sa
Wed Nov 27 04:24:36 EST 1996
An outbreak of BBD was documented during August-September
1996 in a patch reef (27 39'49"N/49 42'10"E) which is primarily
comprised of Acropora clathrata thickets. The outbreak coincided
with prolonged exposure to high seawater temperature.
Coral motality due to BBD proceeded with the even-paced progress
of the bands, from the bases to the tips of branches.
Mortalitity that was apparently in direct response to thermal stress
was less orderly. Coral tissue sloughed off in a haphazard manner
from all areas of a colony.
To my knowledge this is the first report of BBD from the
Arabian/Persian Gulf, and the only other reported case for
Acropora outside the GBR.
Yusef Fadlallah Voice: 966-3-860-3237
Research Institute - KFUPM Fax: 966-3-860-3220
Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia Internet: yfadlal at dpc.kfupm.edu.sa
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