Outbreak of coral disease in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

  title={Outbreak of coral disease in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands},
  author={Greta Smith Aeby},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
An outbreak of coral disease resulting in significant tissue loss was observed affecting the table coral, Acropora cytherea, at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) in July, 2003 (Fig. 1). This is the first report of disease causing extensive coral damage to any of the reefs in the NWHI. Affected colonies had large areas of irregular tissue loss with stark white skeletons remaining. Denuded coral skeletons were frequently colonized by filamentous algae but there was… CONTINUE READING
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