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Ciguatera and Other Marine Poisoning in the Gilbert Islands

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Title: Ciguatera and Other Marine Poisoning in the Gilbert Islands
Authors: Cooper, M.J.
Issue Date: Oct 1964
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Cooper MJ. 1964. Ciguatera and other marine poisoning in the Gilbert Islands. Pac Sci 18(4): 411-440.
Abstract: Among the animals that live in the sea are
many that may be poisonous to eat; these animals
include fish, sharks, crabs, molluscs, and
turtles. Of all marine animals the most important
are fish, which are for so many people an
essential source of food. There are a number of
different ways in which teleost fish may be poisonous.
Some fish are naturally poisonous; puffers
for instance are always toxic. Some species
of fish can be poisonous at certain seasons; in
Fiji there is a species of sardine which may be
deadly poisonous in the later months of the
year. A third type of poisoning is found where
some fish are poisonous to eat when they are
caught on certain reefs or parts of a reef, and yet
when caught on other parts of the same reef, or
on nearby reefs, are perfectly safe to eat. This
type of poisoning, known as ciguatera, is common
throughout the tropical Pacific, usually on
oceanic islands and isolated reefs.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 18, Number 4, 1964

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