Ctenochaetus striatus

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Also known as Striated surgeonfish. Diet: Surface film of blue-green algae and diatoms as well as on various small invertebrates.
Max. Size: 26 cm
Fun Fact: This species a key link in the ciguatera food chain. Ciguatera is an important form of human poisoning caused by the consumption of seafood. The disease is characterised by gastrointestinal, neurological and cardiovascular disturbances. In cases of severe toxicity, paralysis, coma and death may occur. There is no immunity, and the toxins are cumulative. Symptoms may persist for months or years, or recur periodically. The epidemiology of ciguatera is complex and of central importance to the management and future use of marine resources.

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