Variations in the correlation of body size with concentrations of Cu and Ag in the bivalve Macoma balthica

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
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Abstract

The relationship between body size and concentrations of Cu and Ag varied from strongly positive to strongly negative in four populations of the bivalve Macoma balthica in San Francisco Bay. The correlations appeared to be influenced by the degree of enrichment in tissues, size-dependent differences and seasonal variations in growth rate, and size-dependent differences in uptake rates. The use of benthic indicator organisms to assess metal contamination requires understanding the relationship between metal concentration and body size at least within each population, and in some cases within each sample from each population.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Variations in the correlation of body size with concentrations of Cu and Ag in the bivalve Macoma balthica
Series title Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
DOI 10.1139/f81-146
Volume 38
Issue 9
Year Published 1981
Language English
Publisher NRC Research Press
Contributing office(s) Pacific Regional Director's Office, San Francisco Bay-Delta
Description 6 p.
First page 1059
Last page 1064
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N