plague (white plague disease)

What is plague (white plague disease)?

plague (white plague disease) meaning a coral disease characterized by a sharp line between apparently healthy coral tissue and freshly exposed coral skeleton.-There is no obvious microbial band present.-The infective pathogen is a bacterium. Plague is currently epidemic throughout the Caribbean, and affects stony corals. For more information and illustrations, see: http://www.coral.noaa.gov/coral_disease/white_plague.shtml

Image of white plague disease
White plague disease. (Photo: Dr. A. Bruckner, NOAA)

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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