Aurantimonas coralicida

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Aurantimonas coralicida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Alphaproteobacteria
Order: Rhizobiales
Family: Aurantimonadaceae
Genus: Aurantimonas
Species: A. coralicida
Denner et al. 2003
Binomial name
Aurantimonas coralicida

Aurantimonas coralicida is a species of bacteria, the type species of its genus. It cause white plague in Caribbean corals. It is Gram-negative and rod-shaped, with polar flagella, and adhere to form branching chains; its type strain being WP1T(=CIP 107386T =DSM 14790T).[1] It progressively destroys coral tissues and leaves an expanding area that appears bleached. It has been an epidemic in the Caribbean.[citation needed] An obligate aerobe, it obtains its nourishment chemoheterotrophically. It tests positive for oxidase and catalase, and contains carotenoid pigments, possibly to protect against solar radiation.


  1. ^ Denner, E. B. M. (2003). "Aurantimonas coralicida gen. nov., sp. nov., the causative agent of white plague type II on Caribbean scleractinian corals". INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC AND EVOLUTIONARY MICROBIOLOGY 53 (4): 1115–1122. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.02359-0. ISSN 1466-5026. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Yossi Loya; Rosenberg, Eugene (2004). Coral Health and Disease. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-20772-4. 
  • Polson, S. W., J. L. Higgins, and C. M. Woodley. "PCR-based assay for detection of four coral pathogens." Proc 11th Int Coral Reef Symp. Vol. 1. 2009.

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