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NOAA Photo Library Image - reef3876

Black Band Disease was one of the first coral diseases identified back in the 1970s, and is still one of the most prevalent diseases on reefs worldwide. The disease forms a black band of microorganisms that progresses across the coral surface leaving dead white skeleton behind, like that on this brain coral (Diploria strigosa).

Image ID: reef3876, NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
Location: Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands
Photo Date: 2007 May 21
Credit: Twilight Zone Expedition Team 2007, NOAA-OE

Category: Coral Reefs/

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