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Toxicon. 2002 Feb;40(2):213-5.

Envenomation by a benthic Hydrozoa (Cnidaria): the case of Nemalecium lighti (Haleciidae).

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Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, CP 11461, 05422-970, São Paulo, Brazil.


A case of envenomation caused by the Nemalecium lighti is described. The hydrozoan species lives in many kinds of substrates, being quite common in tropical shallow water. The patient, a marine biologist, had contact with the animal in two different opportunities while snorkeling. Both contacts produced erythematous and highly pruriginous papules in exposed areas of the body. The signs and symptoms persisted for a week and healed without sequellae.

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