The marine fireworm Hermodice carunculata is a winter reservoir and spring-summer vector for the coral-bleaching pathogen Vibrio shiloi.

@article{Sussman2003TheMF,
  title={The marine fireworm Hermodice carunculata is a winter reservoir and spring-summer vector for the coral-bleaching pathogen Vibrio shiloi.},
  author={Meir Sussman and Yossi Loya and Maoz Fine and Eugene Rosenberg},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={5 4},
  pages={250-5}
}
Vibrio shiloi, the causative agent of bleaching of the coral Oculina patagonica in the Mediterranean Sea, is present in all bleached O. patagonica corals in the summer (25-30 degrees C), but can be not detected in the coral during the winter (16-20 degrees C). Furthermore, the pathogen can not survive in O. patagonica at temperatures below 20 degrees C. Using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with a V. shiloi-specific oligonucleotide probe, we found that the marine fireworm Hermodice… CONTINUE READING