DAO 95:181-187 (2011)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02359

Distribution and prevalence of coral diseases in the Veracruz Reef System, Southern Gulf of Mexico

J. P. Carricart-Ganivet1,2,*, A. U. Beltrán-Torres2, G. Horta-Puga3

1Unidad Académica de Sistemas Arrecifales, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apdo. Postal 1152, Cancún, 77500 Quintana Roo, México
2El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Unidad Chetumal, Av. Centenario km 5.5, Apdo. Postal 424, Chetumal, 77000 Quintana Roo, México
3Lab. Biogeoquímica, UBIPRO, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Av. de los Barrios 1, Los Reyes Iztacala, Tlanepantla, México 54910, México

ABSTRACT: Ten reefs of the Veracruz Reef System (VRS) were surveyed to evaluate the distribution and prevalence of diseases that affect stony corals. Total disease prevalence on corals in the VRS was 4.8%. Seven diseases affecting 6 coral genera (4 of which are the most abundant) were observed in 85.2% of the evaluated sites. As observed in other reefs of the Caribbean, dark spots disease had the highest prevalence (2.9%) and widest distribution. The incidence of disease showed a patchy distribution, with prevalence being significantly higher on the reef flats than on the windward and leeward sides.


KEY WORDS: Coral disease · Stony corals · Veracruz Reef System · Mexico


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Cite this article as: Carricart-Ganivet JP, Beltrán-Torres AU, Horta-Puga G (2011) Distribution and prevalence of coral diseases in the Veracruz Reef System, Southern Gulf of Mexico. Dis Aquat Org 95:181-187. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02359

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