[Coral-List] question about coral disease: white syndrome
jbruno at unc.edu
Wed Mar 8 12:48:30 EST 2006
Victor, I think the corals in your photos are very likely infected
with white syndrome, a fairly common coral disease on the GBR and in
other areas of the Indo-Pacific. Willis et al. (2004) describe
several aspects of the disease including its prevalence across the
GBR. There were also several talks on white syndrome at the ASLO
Ocean Sciences meeting last month. You can search the abstracts at:
Willis, B.L., C.A. Page, and E.A. Dinsdale, Coral disease on the
Great Barrier Reef, in Coral Health and Disease, edited by E.
Rosenberg, and Y. Loya, pp. 69-104, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004.
John Bruno, Ph.D.
Department of Marine Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3300
Email: jbruno at unc.edu
> 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
> 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
> fax 61(0)889209222
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