Red Sea species hazardous to humans
Although most species in the Red Sea pose no threat to humans, there are a few notable exceptions.
Biting and wounding fish
Stinging and venomous fish
The dorsal, pelvic and anal fins of the Rabbitfishes have venomous spines, capable of inflicting painful wounds.
Ciguatera poisoning is a danger posed by fish at the top of the food chain, in particular the Twinspot snapper and Giant moray. These fish accumulate a toxin produced by a dinoflagellate which is eaten by their prey species. Ciguatera poisoning can be fatal.