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Ciguatera dinoflagellate, SEM

Ciguatera dinoflagellate, SEM

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DR PHILIPPA UWINS, WHISTLER RESEARCH PTY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR PHILIPPA UWINS, WHISTLER RESEARCH PTY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Ciguatera dinoflagellate. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Gambierdiscus toxicus dinoflagellate. Dinoflagellates are unicellular protozoans and this particular species is photosynthetic. It is known to produce the toxin ciguatoxin, a fish poison that accumulates in large coral reef fish. If eaten by humans it can cause the food poisoning illness ciguatera.

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