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Ciguatoxin

Summarize how ciguatoxin can enter and proceed up the food chain to the consumer. Be specific.

The steps of how ciguatoxin can enter the food chain to the human consumer begin with the microscopic groups of protists called the dinoflagellates. (1) They are unicellular organisms that have flagella for movement. (1) They are photosynthetic and symbiotic with marine animals. (1) The dinoflagellates are the species that usually carry the ciguatera toxin.(1) In fact, the most common dinoflagellates that carried the ciguatera toxin is "Gambierdiscuss toxicus". (1) They typically grow on the surface of green algae and the surface of coral reefs. (1)

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The steps of how ciguatoxin can enter the food chain to the human consumer begin with the microscopic groups of protists called the dinoflagellates. (1) They are unicellular organisms that have flagella for movement. (1) They are photosynthetic and symbiotic with marine animals. (1) The dinoflagellates are the species that usually carry the ciguatera toxin.(1) In fact, the most common dinoflagellates that carried the ciguatera toxin is "Gambierdiscuss toxicus". (1) They typically grow on the surface ...

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The ciguatera toxins originate in the dinoflagellate "Gambierdiscuss toxicus". (1) The ciguatoxin enters the food chain when the herbivore fish eat the algae and coral reef that contain the dinoflagellate Gambierdiscuss toxicus. (1) When herbivores fish consume the dinoflagellates, the toxin will accumulate throughout their bodies and the potency of the toxin increases. (1)

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