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Mercury residues in south Florida apple snails (Pomacea paludosa)

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

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Abstract

Mercury concentrations in the sediments of south Florida wetlands have increased three fold in the last century (Rood et al. 1993). Because south Florida is home to many endemic and endangered species, it is important to understand the potential impacts of mercury in this ecosystem's food web. Recent research by Malley et al. (1996) has shown mollusks to be sensitive indicators of methyl mercury which can reflect small differences in background methyl mercury concentrations. In this study, we attempted to determine if the apple snail (Pomacea paludosa) or its eggs are good indicators of bioavailable mercury. Then, using the apple snail as an indicator, we attempted to determine geographic differences in the concentrations of mercury in south Florida.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Mercury residues in south Florida apple snails (Pomacea paludosa)
Series title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Volume
58
Issue:
5
Year Published:
1997
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
739-743
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
First page:
739
Last page:
743