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Coral disease prevalence and coral health in the Wakatobi Marine Park, south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia
Haapkylä, J.; Seymour, A.S.; Trebilco, J.; Smith, D. (2007). Coral disease prevalence and coral health in the Wakatobi Marine Park, south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 87(2): 403-414. dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315407055828
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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  • Haapkylä, J.
  • Seymour, A.S.
  • Trebilco, J.
  • Smith, D.

Abstract
    This is the first study on coral diseases in the Wakatobi Marine National Park (WMNP), south-east Sulawesi. It aimed to provide baseline knowledge of coral disease prevalence and coral health in this remote region. Results indicate a low disease prevalence of 0.57% with only two known diseases occurring within the sampling unit, white syndrome (0.42%) and tumours (0.15%). They affected 15 taxonomic groups from a total of 32 taxonomic groups. The presence of black-band disease (BBD), skeletal eroding band (SEB) disease and Porites ulcerative white spot disease (PUWSD) was identified outside the study area. A large number of corals were affected by previously undescribed conditions (9.7% of colonies). The impact of lesions named as green spot, green band, pigmented spot, and flatworm infestation is not known and represents an important area for future studies.

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