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Coral disease prevalence and coral health in the Wakatobi Marine Park, south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia


Haapkyla, J and Seymour, AS and Trebilco, J and Smith, D, Coral disease prevalence and coral health in the Wakatobi Marine Park, south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87, (2) pp. 403-414. ISSN 0025-3154 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0025315407055828


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Trebilco, J (Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas)
ID Code:51486
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-17

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