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The Gove chirodropid: a box jellyfish appearing in the "safe season"

Bart Currie, Melita McKinnon, Bernie Whelan and Philip Alderslade
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (11): 649.
Published online: 9 December 2002

To the Editor: Box jellyfish envenomation, particularly from Chironex fleckeri, is an important cause of morbidity and mortality across coastal areas of northern Australia.1 The distribution of C. fleckeri extends from Broome (18°S) on the Western Australian coast, across the Northern Territory coast and down the east coast of Queensland, at least as far as Gladstone (26°S).

  • Bart Currie
  • Melita McKinnon
  • Bernie Whelan
  • Philip Alderslade


Correspondence: bart@menzies.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

Thanks to Gabe Schraven and Denis French, from Gove Hospital Pathology, and members of the Gove Peninsula Surf Life-Saving Club who helped collect and transport the jellyfish.

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