Warmer waters in the Northern Territory: herald an earlier onset to the annual Chironex fleckeri stinger season

Jacups, Susan P. (2010) Warmer waters in the Northern Territory: herald an earlier onset to the annual Chironex fleckeri stinger season. EcoHealth, 7 (1). pp. 14-17.

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Abstract

The discovery that Chironex fleckeri occurs annually in northern Australia occurred long ago, possibly before written records were available by local indigenous people, however, to date the precision of this yearly phenomenon is still not fully understood. Sea surface temperature (SST) appears to be a determining factor signaling the "arrival" of C. fleckeri each year. Anthropogenic climate change modeling predicts global rises in SST. Rises in SST may result in an earlier "arrival" of C. fleckeri during the dry season, possibly necessitating extension of the official Northern Territory stinger season to commence in September (currently October through to June). This short report presents data to support this hypothesis, facilitating policy makers with an environmental cue upon which changes to current stinger season can be based—prior to painful and potentially life-threatening presentations.

Item ID: 24569
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1612-9210
Keywords: Chironex fleckeri, box-jellyfish, marine stings, climate change, sea surface temperature
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 02:36
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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