[Coral-List] Another question about coral disease

Victor Gomelyuk Victor.Gomelyuk at nt.gov.au
Tue Mar 7 20:55:16 EST 2006

Dear Colleagues,
These photos have been taken at Gove/Nhulunbuy area, Arafura sea, the Northern Territory, Australia (GPS reading: S12 04.413; E136 35.976)
White spots and bands on Acropora corals are not related to coral bleaching (quite often affected colonies are located 0.5-1 m deeper than unaffected colonies). Also, spots location and distribution pattern excludes coral bleaching as a cause of these white spots). Predators like Crown-of-thorn starfish  are not found in the area and Drupiella gastropods are rare. 
What is that,  a "white band disease"?
Your suggestions are appreciated
Victor Gomelyuk
Dr Victor Gomelyuk
Marine Scientist
Parks & Wildlife Commission
of the Northern Territory
Darwin,  NT,  Australia 0812
tel +61(0)889209281
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