DAO 81:255-259 (2008)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao01962

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Newly characterized distinct phases of the coral disease ‘atramentous necrosis’ on the Great Barrier Reef

S. L. Anthony1,*, C. A. Page1, D. G. Bourne2, B. L. Willis1

1ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
2Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia

ABSTRACT: Previously undetected earlier phases of the coral disease ‘atramentous necrosis’ are documented and described. New observations relating to the occurrence of initial stages and progression of the disease are reported, and potential cause(s) are examined. In direct contrast to earlier published findings, temperature data indicated that occurrence of early bleached stages of atramentous necrosis is not correlated with warmer water temperatures; however, the relationship between temperature and disease prevalence is still unclear.


KEY WORDS: Coral disease · Lesions · Water temperature · Sediment · Great Barrier Reef


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Cite this article as: Anthony SL, Page CA, Bourne DG, Willis BL (2008) Newly characterized distinct phases of the coral disease ‘atramentous necrosis’ on the Great Barrier Reef. Dis Aquat Org 81:255-259. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao01962

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