DAO 96:83-87 (2011)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02368

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Caribbean yellow-band syndrome on Montastraea faveolata is not transmitted mechanically under field conditions

A. G. Jordán-Garza*, E. Jordán-Dahlgren 

Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ap. Postal 1152, 77500 Cancún, Q. Roo, Mexico

ABSTRACT: Caribbean yellow-band syndrome is a highly prevalent coral disease whose transmission mechanisms are unknown. Affected corals often show multifocal lesions of yellow-colored tissue. We tested the hypothesis that a mechanical vector was responsible for these multifocal lesions. Four presumably non-resistant colonies were experimentally manipulated. Tissue and microbial assemblages were taken from diseased tissue and injected into healthy-looking tissue. Seawater injections were used as controls. The manipulations created a small wound, as would be generated by a coral predator. After 1 mo, all lesions healed and showed no signs of disease. We therefore reject the hypothesis that a mechanical vector, acting in a similar way as our manipulations, was responsible for the multifocal lesions.


KEY WORDS: Coral · Disease · Caribbean yellow-band syndrome · Montastraea · Vector


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Cite this article as: Jordán-Garza AG, Jordán-Dahlgren E (2011) Caribbean yellow-band syndrome on Montastraea faveolata is not transmitted mechanically under field conditions. Dis Aquat Org 96:83-87. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02368

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