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What kind of poison does a Portuguese-Man-of-War jellyfish produce?

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July 24, 2008 1:11PM

Portuguese man o'war (Physalia physalis) is not a jellyfish, however it produces a liquid mixture made up of three peptides:

* hypnotoxine, a neurotoxic poison, which arrests respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems; * thalaxine and * congestine, two allergens, which produce irritation and kill by anaphylactic shock.