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Possible Links Between Ship-Associated Biofilms and Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

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Possible Links Between Ship-Associated Biofilms and Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease


For several decades, white plagues (WPDs: WPD-I, II and III) and more recently, stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) have significantly impacted Caribbean corals. These diseases are often difficult to separate in the field as they produce similar gross signs. Here we aimed to compare what we know about WPD and SCTLD in terms of: (1) pathology, (2) etiology, and (3) epizootiology. We reviewed ov

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