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Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) case definition for wildlife

April 11, 2024

Diagnostic laboratories receive carcasses and samples for diagnostic evaluation and pathogen/toxin detection. Case definitions bring clarity and consistency to the evaluation process. Their use within and between organizations allows more uniform reporting of diseases and etiologic agents. The intent of a case definition is to provide scientifically based criteria for determining (a) if an individual carcass has a specific disease and degree of confidence in that diagnosis and (b) if there is evidence of a pathogen or toxin in a carcass or sample (for example, swab, tissue sample, skin scraping, blood/serum sample, environmental sample, or other). This case definition is specific to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLC) and applies to several species of scleractinian corals across seven families: Faviidae, Meandrinidae, Merulinidae, Montastraeidae, Astrocoeniidae, Scleractinia, and Siderastreidae. Other species presumed to be susceptible are in Families Agaridiidae, Faviidae, and Pocilloporidae.

Publication Year 2024
Title Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) case definition for wildlife
DOI 10.3133/tm19I1
Authors Aine C. Hawthorn, Michelle Dennis, Yasu Kiryu, Jan Landsberg, Ester Peters, Thierry M. Work
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Techniques and Methods
Series Number 19-I1
Index ID tm19I1
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center