sharpnose puffer tumors
Anja en Sander
corals at interneeds.net
Thu Jul 12 15:01:15 EDT 2001
I've been doing coral research on Curacao (NA) the last 2.5 years which involves diving everyday. What you describe, I haven't seen on my dives. Strange, since Bonaire is virtually around the corner.
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From: Julie Ekstrom <jekstrom at coral.org>
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Cc: ehorne at coral.org <ehorne at coral.org>
Date: Thursday, July 12, 2001 1:18 PM
Subject: sharpnose puffer tumors
>Greetings Coral List,
>While diving in Bonaire this month I noticed small white growths on
>several Sharpnose Puffers (Canthigaster rostrata).Through casual
>survey I found that 50-80% of this species had similar growths. The
>tumors appear pale or white in color, and are slightly raised bumps
>to bulbous growths. On affected fish the spots were present on the
>body and/or fins.
>Is this common in other areas in the Caribbean? Has anyone else
>noticed these growths, and if so, is it anything to worry about? I
>have spent nearly 75 hours underwater in Bonaire over the last 4
>years and this visit was the first time I observed the growths.
>Any information is appreciated
>Thanks in advance,
ehorne at coral.org
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