Coral-feeding fishes slow progression of black-band disease

Cole, Andrew J, Chong-Seng, Karen, Pratchett, Morgan S., and Jones, Geoffrey P. (2009) Coral-feeding fishes slow progression of black-band disease. Coral Reefs, 28 (4). p. 965.

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Abstract

[Extract] Outbreaks of coral disease are a major contributor to coral mortality and subsequent reef degradation (Weil et al. 2006). One of the most common coral diseases on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is black-band disease. This disease forms a distinctive band which marks the interface between live, healthy tissue and dead coral skeleton (Fig. 1). If, as has been suggested, corallivorous fishes act as transmission vectors of disease (e.g., Aeby and Santavy 2006), they must feed directly upon the infected area. This direct feeding may actually be beneficial as it could lessen the extent and progression of the disease. In fact, it is conceivable that under intense or preferential predation on diseased tissue that the infecting agent could be removed and coral health promoted.

Item ID: 10577
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
Keywords: marine science, corallivore, coral disease, facilitation, butterflyfish
ISSN: 1432-0975
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 01:07
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 40%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 20%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8398 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production > 839899 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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