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Heavy metal accumulation in the periwinkle Littorina littorea, along a pollution gradient in the Scheldt estuary
De Wolf, H.; Backeljau, T.; Blust, R. (2000). Heavy metal accumulation in the periwinkle Littorina littorea, along a pollution gradient in the Scheldt estuary. Sci. Total Environ. 262(1-2): 111-121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0048-9697(00)00601-X
In: Science of the Total Environment. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0048-9697; e-ISSN 1879-1026
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Keywords
    Accumulation
    Biology > Organism morphology > Animal morphology
    Chemical elements > Metals > Heavy metals
    Pollution effects
    Littorina littorea (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Littorina littorea (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
    ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Littorina littorea; Metal pollution; Estuary; Shell morphology

Authors  Top 
  • De Wolf, H.
  • Backeljau, T.
  • Blust, R.

Abstract
    Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrophotometry (ICP-AES) was used to determine heavy metal concentrations in the shells and soft tissues of the periwinkle Littorina littorea, collected at seven sites along the Scheldt estuary. Several metals accumulate in the animals soft body parts, and are related to the seawards decreasing pollution gradient. No clear correlation with a previously detected shell size patterning could be established.

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