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ichthyootoxic fishes
(English) Those fishes that produce a poison that is generally restricted to the gonads of the fish; the musculature and other parts of the fish are usually edible. There is a definite relationship between gonadal activity and toxin production. These fishes are mainly freshwater, but a few marine species have been incriminated. The most dangerous forms are the genera Barbus, Schizothorax, Tinca (Cyprinidae) and Stichaeus (Stichaeidae). (See also: ichthyootoxin, ichthyootoxism, fish poisoning)

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