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An Epidemic Dieback Gall Disease of Rhizophora Mangroves in The Gambia, West Africa. H. J. Teas, Professor of Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124. R. J. McEwan, Director, Forestry Department, Ministry of Water Resources and the Environment, Banjul, The Gambia. Plant Dis. 66:522-523. Accepted for publication 10 February 1982. Copyright 1982 American Phytopathological Society. DOI: 10.1094/PD-66-522.

An epidemic dieback gall disease of Rhizophora spp. mangroves is reported from The Gambia, West Africa. Projections indicate that the disease will kill one-half to three-quarters of the Rhizophora spp. trees in that country by 1986. This disease closely resembles a Florida Rhizophora mangrove disease caused by Cylindrocarpon didymum.