This blushing star coral (Stephanocoenia mechelinii) is severely affected by
Dark Spot Syndrome. Although this syndrome rarely kills corals, it can cause
localized mortality of coral tissues, as seen in the center of this colony.
Image ID: reef3878, NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection Location: Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands Photo Date: 2007 May 21 Credit: Twilight Zone Expedition Team 2007, NOAA-OE