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Puffer Mortality Data


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Thierry M. Work, Peter D. R. Moeller, Kevin R. Beauchesne, Julie Dagenais, Renee Breeden, Robert Rameyer, William J. Walsh, Melanie Abecassis, Donald R Kobayashi, Carla Conway, and James Winton, 20161213, Puffer Mortality Data: U.S. Geological Survey,,


In 2010, a mass mortality of pufferfish in Hawaii was dominated by Arothron hispidus showing aberrant neurological behaviors. Using pathology, toxinology, and field surveys, we implicated a series of novel, polar, marine toxins as a likely cause of this mass mortality. Our findings are striking in that 1) a marine toxin was associated with a kill of a fish species that is, itself, toxic; 2) we provide a plausible mechanism to explain clinical signs of affected fish, and 3) this epizootic likely depleted puffer populations. Whilst our data are compelling, we did not synthesize the toxin de-novo, we were unable to categorically prove that the polar toxins caused mortality or that they were metabolites of an undefined parent compound. [...]


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BodyCondition.csv 2.58 KB
EpidemicCurve.csv 5.46 KB
MapData.csv 2.91 KB
Pufferdata.csv 6.84 KB
TableS2.csv 4.07 KB
TableS3.csv 4.73 KB
TableS4.csv 34.37 KB
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Description of systematic approach to investigate puffer fish die off attributed to natural marine toxin. Pursuant to latest USGS requirements for metadata release for all data on published MS. These are data to replicate figures and tables in manuscript published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms."


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