The geographic distribution, anatomy, and physiology of Physalia physalis are reviewed. The mechanism of stinging is emphasized as the basis for the formation of characteristic cutaneous lesions and a specific clinical test. Finally, the histopathology of the lesions is presented with illustrations.
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