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stonefish

(ston'fish?) [From its camouflage coloring]
The type species (Synanceia verrucosa) of the marine fish family Synanciidae. See: Synanciidae

stonefish

fish member of the family Synancejidae which inhabits coral reefs and has an external appearance similar to a lump of coral. They have a number of spines along the back and if trodden on or bitten eject a very potent poison, which causes terrific pain, followed by local swelling and general paralysis ending in fatal respiratory paralysis. Includes Synanceja trachynis, Synanceichthys verrucosa.
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In response to fatalities following stonefish envenomations, the Australians developed an equine fragment antigen-binding (Fab) antivenin which is also cross-neutralizing with lionfish and scorpionfish venoms, but is usually reserved for severe stonefish envenomations (stonefish ntivenin, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories Limited, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 2,000 units per 2 ml ampoule).
As a single mother of two, Stonefish said showing her kids how important college is played a big role in her going back to school.
In short, Stonefish is a collection of fiction and poetry which combines enjoyableness, a convincing New Zealandness, and a depth of human and environmental understanding with Jane Austenly cool commonsense.
This is said to ensure that the feet remain tough enough, even after prolonged soaking, to withstand the sharp edges of oyster shells and coral tines and, more importantly, the deadly spines of the stonefish (Synencaja horrida).
In addition to sharks in Lagos there is the hazard of the stonefish, "If you step on a stonefish you die in about fifteen minutes.
After Toadfish, Stonefish and Tadpole, we wait with bated breath for the name.
until Yann appears, silent in the near absence of his scuba bubbles, startling me with a touch on my arm and pointing to a stonefish the size of a football only a few inches from my knee.
Blue-ringed octopus, cone shells, stonefish, and firefish (also known as lionfish and turkeyfish) are other poisonous creatures presented.
Jewel tanks along the walls of the exhibit focus on the region's more exotic species -- lionfish, stonefish, black-spotted moray eels, and the chambered nautilus.
When a stonefish or scorpionfish leaves abandons its immobility that makes it invisible against the background, it reveals the striking colors of its unfolded pectoral fins.
Aukum's travels from south to north along the western archipelago that runs between Cape York Peninsula and New Guinea are a similar case (Fitzpatrick 1990), while the Stonefish origin stories of the Parem of coastal New Guinea are associated by Erubam informants with the creation story of Maizab Kaur (Bramble Cay; discussed infra).