A novel investigation of a blister-like syndrome in aquarium echinopora lamellosa

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Smith, David, Leary, Peter, Bendall, Mark, Flach, Edmund, Jones, Rachel and Sweet, Michael J. 2014. A novel investigation of a blister-like syndrome in aquarium echinopora lamellosa. PLos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097018
AuthorsSmith, David, Leary, Peter, Bendall, Mark, Flach, Edmund, Jones, Rachel and Sweet, Michael J.
Abstract

This study investigates potential causes of a novel blister-like syndrome in the plating coral Echinopora lamellosa. Visual inspections of this novel coral syndrome showed no obvious signs of macroparasites and the blisters themselves manifested as fluid-filled sacs on the surface of the coral, which rose from the coenosarc between the coral polyps. Histological analysis of the blisters showed that there was no associated necrosis with the epidermal or gastrodermal tissues. The only difference between blistered areas and apparently healthy tissues was the presence of proliferated growth (possible mucosal cell hyperplasia) directly at the blister interface (area between where the edge of the blister joined apparently healthy tissue).No bacterial aggregates were identified in any histological samples, nor any sign of tissue necrosis identified. We conclude, that the blister formations are not apparently caused by a specific microbial infection, but instead may be the result of irritation following growth anomalies of the epidermis. However, future work should be conducted to search for other potential casual agents, including viruses

KeywordsCoral reef; disease
Year2014
JournalPLos ONE
ISSN1932-6203
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097018
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/583309
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Sweet, Michael J., Bulling, Mark T. and Cerrano, Carlo 2015. A novel sponge disease caused by a consortium of micro-organisms. Coral Reefs. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-015-1284-0
Experimental antibiotic treatment identifies potential pathogens of white band disease in the endangered Caribbean coral Acropora cervicornis
Sweet, Michael J., Croquer, Aldo and Bythell, John C. 2014. Experimental antibiotic treatment identifies potential pathogens of white band disease in the endangered Caribbean coral Acropora cervicornis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0094
Habitat quality affects sound production and likely distance of detection on coral reefs
Piercy, Julius J. B., Codling, Edward A., Hill, Adam J., Smith, David J. and Simpson, Stephen D. 2014. Habitat quality affects sound production and likely distance of detection on coral reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10986
Assessment of the microbial communities associated with white syndrome and brown jelly syndrome in aquarium corals
Sweet, Michael J., Craggs, Jamie, Robson, James and Bythell, John C. 2013. Assessment of the microbial communities associated with white syndrome and brown jelly syndrome in aquarium corals.
Microsatellites for microbiologists
Sweet, Michael J., Scriven, Lucinda A. and Singleton, Ian 2012. Microsatellites for microbiologists. Advances in Applied Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-394382-8.00005-8
Coral diseases in aquaria and in nature
Sweet, Michael J., Jones, Rachel and Bythell, John C. 2013. Coral diseases in aquaria and in nature. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315411001688
Development of bacterial biofilms on artificial corals in comparison to surface-associated microbes of hard corals
Sweet, Michael J., Croquer, Aldo, Bythell, John C. and Lopez-Garcia, Purification 2013. Development of bacterial biofilms on artificial corals in comparison to surface-associated microbes of hard corals. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0021195
Characterisation of the bacterial and fungal communities associated with different lesion sizes of Dark Spot Syndrome occurring in the Coral Stephanocoenia intersepta
Sweet, Michael J., Burn, Deborah, Croquer, Aldo, Leary, Peter and Bereswill, Stefan 2013. Characterisation of the bacterial and fungal communities associated with different lesion sizes of Dark Spot Syndrome occurring in the Coral Stephanocoenia intersepta. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0062580
Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations
Sweet, Michael J., Kirkham, Nigel, Bendall, Mark, Currey, Leanne, Bythell, John C., Heupel, Michelle and Vartanian, Jean-Pierre 2013. Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0041989
Metal-based nanoparticles; size, function and areas for advancement
Sweet, Michael J. 2013. Metal-based nanoparticles; size, function and areas for advancement. in: