What is the LD50 for TTX?

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  1. AK-Dave

    AK-Dave Cuttlefish Supporter

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    Not that I'm interested in getting a blue ring or any other animal that contains TTX. It's just a random question that popped into my head while I was reading another forum where people were asking about keeping blue rings.
     
  2. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    I had talked to a research assistant a few years ago about blue rings, and I am sorry to say I can't remeber what she said the 50% test fatal dose was, but it was in the micrograms ! :shock:
    Greg
     
  3. mikeconstable

    mikeconstable GPO Registered

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    I suppose that if the LD50 for TTX is one almost unnoticeable bite from a small octopus that could be the measure?
    Probably has a different value by ingestion of puffer-fish?
     
  4. AK-Dave

    AK-Dave Cuttlefish Supporter

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    I was looking for something along the lines of micrograms per kilogram. After performing a bit of searching, I found this site:
    http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/ttx/ttx.htm

    It didn't give me the exact answer, but it provided the information I should have been looking for. I recommend this article for anyone who has an interest in blue rings or TTX. It was very accessible to someone with a limited biology background, such as myself.

    Here are two paragraphs I found especially interesting (edited for length):
     

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