Ciguatera: Tropical Reef Fish Poisoning

Heimann, Kirsten, and Sparrow, Leanne (2015) Ciguatera: Tropical Reef Fish Poisoning. In: Kim, Se-Kwon, (ed.) Handbook of Marine Microalgae: Biotechnolgy Advances. Academic Press, London, UK, pp. 547-558.

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Ciguatera is a neglected seafood-derived illness induced by ciguatoxins, which are derived from toxin precursors (gambiertoxins) produced by the benthic, marine tropical/subtropical dinoflagellates of the genus Gambierdiscus occurring on coral rubble, sand, and macroalgae. Ciguatera is gaining global attention primarily due to ciguatera cases occurring in temperate regions through the expanded trade of tropical reef table fish and incurred rising financial losses. This chapter focuses on research gaps in the areas of toxin bioconversion, bioaccumulation, and trophic transfer routes. The roles of co-occurring benthic, toxic dinoflagellates of the genera Prorocentrum, Coolia, Ostreopsis, and Amphidinium are discussed, as is the controversial involvement of maitotoxins in inducing ciguatera and the potential role in severity. In order to do the above aims justice, problems with morphological strain identification are highlighted, the co-occurring benthic toxic dinoflagellate community is briefly discussed, as are the geographical range and the potential for climate change–induced range expansions of the toxin producers along with their macroalgal substrates.

Item ID: 40642
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-12-801124-9
Keywords: fisheries, public health, disease management
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 1 of the following PhD thesis: Sparrow, Leanne (2017) Key factors influencing the occurrence and frequency of ciguatera. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 03:36
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060701 Phycology (incl Marine Grasses) @ 20%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050103 Invasive Species Ecology @ 40%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 40%
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