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Subject: Re: Species ID - oil fish, Ruvettsu pretiosus
From: Richard Lord <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 23 Dec 2008 10:56:20 +0000

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My first impression is an oil fish, Ruvettus pretiosus.  The oils in  
the flesh can produce a runny stool but it is delicious as long as you  
have a bathroom close by - no warning given.  A wax ester in the flesh  
causes this condition.  If the oils are removed during cooking one can  
be OK but the delicious flavour is in the oil.  This fish has also  
been known to cause scombroid poisoning (see Google search below)  
although I have not experienced this personally.

Best wishes,
Yours sincerely,


Richard Lord

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On 23 Dec 2008, at 08:11, Chris Poonian wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am trying to ID a fish, known locally as 'NIESA', caught at about  
> 300m in
> the Mozambique Channel, off the west coast of the Comoros.  It has  
> small
> hairs on its scales and is believed to have medicinal properties.   
> Please
> check the following links for photos:
> Many thanks in advance
> Chris
> -- 
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> Community Centred Conservation (C3)
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