hallucinogenic fish poisoning caused by ingesting the heads or flesh of certain types of reef fishes in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. The toxicity is sporadic and unpredictable in its occurrence and is not destroyed by ordinary cooking. The symptoms develop within minutes to 2 hours after ingestion, lasting up to 24 hours or more. The poison affects primarily the central nervous system. Symptoms consist of dizziness, loss of equilibrium, lack of motor co-ordination, hallucinations and mental depression. Feelings of chest constriction, of imminent death and nightmares are characteristic. No specific antidotes are known. The stomach should be immediately evacuated, other treatment is symptomatic

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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