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History of ciguatera

The oldest known description of ciguatera belongs to the portuguese naturalist Antonio Parra Callado in 1787, from his work “Descripción de las diferentes piezas de Historia Natural, las más del ramo marítimo, representadas en setenta y cinco láminas”. After describing many fishes from Cuba some of which he referred as likely poisonous, Parra reported into detail the siguatèra (sic) syndrome, based on […]

Gambierdiscus excentricus

This video shows a single cell of the dinoflagellate species Gambierdiscus excentricus. This organism was first described in the Canaries in year 2011. The cultivated strain (VGO791) is held at the Harmful Algae Culture Collection (CCVIEO) of the IEO, in Vigo. It was isolated in the northeastern part of Tenerife, from intertidal ponds at the locality […]