Little, M. (2006) Response. Quarterly Journal of Medicine, 99 (11). pp. 803-804.

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[Extract] Sir,

On behalf of the authors I am delighted in Drs Gershwin and Fenner's interest in our letter.

Dr Gershwin's work has importantly taxonomically defined a number of cubozoan jellyfish. In our table we inadvertedly misreferenced one of her papers; we should have referred to her Memoirs of Queensland Museum 2005 paper,[1] not her Zootaxa 2005 paper,[2] and we apologize for this oversight.

Our letter is the first report where the jellyfish stinging the patient that subsequently developed Irukandji syndrome were captured at the time of the sting and identified. Other than Barnes's original report, this has not been documented elsewhere.[3] The evidence that Gershwin cites for Alatina mordens, Malo maxima, Carybdea alata and 'fire jellies' is based on jellyfish being seen or caught in the vicinity of the patient being stung (not invariably at the same time). These jellyfish often have a bell size of approximately 30–40 mm, and after reading Gershwin's detailed taxonomical reports,[1, 2] it seems doubtful that an eye-witness could accurately identify what sort of cubozoan he was seeing in the water.

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Correspondence article: A response to "Jellyfish responsible for Irukandji syndrome" [see Related URLS].

Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 02:45
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