[Coral-List] Toxic coral and a dog

Julian Sprung julian at twolittlefishies.com
Mon Jan 30 14:27:54 EST 2006

Dear Annie,

That's Briareum asbestinum. Sad story!


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> From: 	coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov on behalf of Annie J. Yau
> Sent: 	Monday, January 30, 2006 1:28 PM
> To: 	coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: 	[Coral-List] Toxic coral and a dog
> Hi Coral listers,
> Can anyone help determine the species of coral and whether it is toxic 
> please? There is a link to the photo here: 
> http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/~hcoleman/coral.htm
> Annie J. Yau
> Bren School of Environmental Science and Management University of 
> California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-5131
> Office: Bren Hall 1306, (805) 893-5054
> Email: ayau at bren.ucsb.edu
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Caroline Donaldson [mailto:cwd at apcc.aspca.org]
> This is a picture of a coral a dog ate that developed progressive 
> neurologic signs about 2 hours after the ingestion.  the dog  was 
> ultimately euthanized because the he was not breathing on his own and 
> the owners could not afford emergency care.  I found some literature 
> about corals that can have neurotoxins specifically lophotoxins, I was 
> wondering if it is possible that this could be one of those corals.
> This particular coral was found on the beach in Jamaica and apparently 
> is a leather consistency.  Any ideas about what it might be would be 
> helpful and if it is possible it could be a species that could be toxic 
> as well as any information about coral toxins that you may have would 
> be useful.  Please feel free to forward the picture on if you know 
> someone who might also be of assistance.
> > Thanks
> Caroline
> Caroline W. Donaldson, DVM
> ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
> An Allied Agency of the University of Illinois 
> http://www.apcc.aspca.org 1-888-4-ANI-HELP
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