Title

A New Disease in Reef-Dwelling Forminifera: Implications for Coastal Sedimentation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1995

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.2113/gsjfr.25.3.280

Abstract

A new disease is afflicting Amphistegina spp., foraminifera whose shells produce up to 90% of the sand-sized sediments in nearshore zones of some Indo-Pacific islands. Disease symptoms have been prevalent in A. gibbosa in the Florida Keys since summer 1991, and were seen in both Caribbean and Indo-Pacific species in 1992-93. Although cause of the disease is undetermined, field and laboratory data indicate that solar irradiance may be a factor. Whatever the cause, implications for coastal sedimentation will be serious if Indo-Pacific populations ever sustain long-term damage of the magnitude seen in the Florida Keys in 1992-93.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Foraminiferal Research, v. 25, issue 3, p. 280-286

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