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Which Or What Part Of An Oscar Cichlid Is Poisonous?
February 16, 2009
9:37 pm
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David Marshall
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Hey Folks

I have a good reason for asking this question. I know the answer, or think I do if the belief of people(s) who live along the banks of the Amazon is correct, and all will be explained once we have seen what you, dear friends, have to say?

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February 17, 2009
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I have no idea... /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

Cake or death?
February 17, 2009
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QUOTE (David Marshall @ Feb 16 2009, 09:20 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
When making an answer please remember that this is a family website.

From that bit I will guess at the reproductive organs

February 18, 2009
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/laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

Cake or death?
February 18, 2009
5:22 pm
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I even Google'd this but found zero answers. Enlighten us David! I'm intrigued /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

February 18, 2009
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Hey

Sorry MD not correct this time.

Matt you have a wicked sense of humour?

Dunc glad to see you take a scientific approach.

We will wait a few more days and see if anyone puts up the correct answer, with a reference to literature or website?

Regards David

February 18, 2009
8:51 pm
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Hey I googled it too! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> The only papers I could find dealt with the effect of hypoxia on haemoglobin in oscars. That said (and almost certainly wrong) I'll guess at the blood.

Cake or death?
February 18, 2009
9:52 pm
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Liver?

February 18, 2009
10:26 pm
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David Marshall
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Sorry

Keep guessing

February 18, 2009
10:48 pm
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How about skin then - as so many people pet them, not an obvious choice?

February 18, 2009
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Based on the family website hint, I'll guess the bowels. Or their end product.

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February 19, 2009
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Sorry

Still looking for the right answer.

February 19, 2009
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Going to add something random, like it`s eyes or Or part of the dorsal fin
Sorry got no back-up on that, more of a random guess

February 19, 2009
8:58 pm
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Anus.............

...................that is a guess, i'm not insulting you David!

February 19, 2009
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Semen or eggs?

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February 19, 2009
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Keep those answers rolling in.

Since my last post one of our friends is getting close?

Regards David

February 23, 2009
3:44 pm
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Some Cichlids are rumoured to have mucus which contains irritant compounds, which mean that any fin spine injuries (e.g. to a predator or clumsy aquarist) are more painful and take longer to heal than if they were simple puncture wounds.
Having been "done" by a large Altum and subsequently seeing all the top layer of skin peel off my hand, I can provide some corroborative evidence for the rumours (this is probably how venomous fin spines originally evolved).
I suppose it's quite likely that Oscars have such an effect, but I'm not aware of any research to support this.

February 23, 2009
11:33 pm
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Hey Coelacanth

You are closer to the mark than all our 'friends' who have taken the time, for which I am so grateful to you all, for replying.

Coelacanth I will, thanks to your reply, reveal that the answer to the question I set has, as far as I know, no scientific research to support it but is gained from credible reports and experiences - including those of a medical Doctor.

I will also reveal that our 'friend' geoffkemp came close when mentioning eyes.

Okay who is going to follow the clues and make a first or follow-up guess to the answer before all is revealed?

Regards David

February 24, 2009
2:03 pm
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I`m going to follow up and say either the Cornea or the Iris, given that the species has red eyes. I`m afraid I have no scientfic reasoning, other than being told at school (proabably 20 or so years ago) that red was the natural world`s way of indicating that something was poisonous.

February 25, 2009
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Hey

You are close and definetly in the right body region of the head.

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