Gymnodinium breve: Induction of Shellfish Poisoning in Chicks

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Science  25 Jun 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3678, pp. 1748-1749
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3678.1748


Oysters exposed to laboratory cultures of the fish-killing dinoflagellate, Gymnodinium breve, are toxic when fed to chicks. The ecological significance of this result is interpreted in relation to the scarcity of well-documented reports of shellfish poisoning in higher animals from those areas of the Gulf of Mexico in which G. breve "blooms" occur.