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Florida's Mystery Coral-Killer Identified
  • Laurie L. Richardson, Florida International University
  • Walter Goldberg, Florida International University
  • Kevin G Kuta, Florida International University
  • Richard B. Aronson, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
  • Garriet W. Smith, University of South Carolina
  • Kim B. Ritchie, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • John C. Halas, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • Joshua S. Feingold, Nova Southeastern University
  • Steven L. Miller, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
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An unusual coral disease appeared on the Florida Reef Tract in June 1995. It was distinct in its microbiology, its pattern of tissue degradation, the species susceptible to it, and its regional distribution. Symptoms included a sharp line between healthy and diseased tissue, as occurs with other coral diseases, but the pathogen responsible for the new outbreak seemed more virulent, affected a wider variety of species, and destroyed tissue much more rapidly than these other 'line' or 'band' diseases. We have identified the pathogen responsible for this new disease as a new species of Sphingomonas.

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Laurie L. Richardson, Walter Goldberg, Kevin G Kuta, Richard B. Aronson, et al.. "Florida's Mystery Coral-Killer Identified" Nature Vol. 392 Iss. 6676 (1998) p. 557 - 558 ISSN: 0028-0836
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