Mass Mortality of Porites Corals on Northern Persian Gulf Reefs due to Sediment-Microbial Interactions
1. Graduate School of Engineering and Science, University of the Ryukyus, 1 Senbaru, Nishihara 903-0213, Okinawa, Japan
2. Young Researchers Club, Bandar Abbas Branch, Islamic Azad University, PO Box 79159-14 1311, Bandar Abbas, Iran
International Journal of Marine Science, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 38 doi: 10.5376/ijms.2013.03.0038
Received: 01 May, 2013 Accepted: 03 Jun., 2013 Published: 22 Jul., 2013
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Kavousi et al., 2013, Mass Mortality of Porites Corals on Northern Persian Gulf Reefs due to Sediment-Microbial Interactions, Indonesia, International Journal of Marine Science, Vol.3, No.38 306-310 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2013.03.0038)
Little information is available on coral diseases in the Persian Gulf; however, in the recent years, reports of coral diseases increased in particular from Iranian side of the Persian Gulf. In this paper we report a White Mat Disease resulting in mass mortality of Porites colonies at Hormuz Island. This outbreak infected 96% of all Porites colonies and killed 58±30% (mean ± SD) of all Porites tissues.
Porites mortality; White mat disease; Hormuz Island; Iran
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