[Coral-List] Toxic coral and a dog: solved!

Annie J. Yau annieyau at umail.ucsb.edu
Mon Jan 30 21:17:01 EST 2006

To all coral listers,
Thank you so much for the overwhelming responses! The consensus seems 
to be that the organism at fault is the gorgonian Briareum asbestinum, 
and that some of its toxic chemicals remain stable even when the 
organism has died. So it's likely that these chemicals are what caused 
the dog's reaction.
Again, I appreciate all the enthusiastic help!

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

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