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Measures of fish behavior as indicators of sublethal toxicosis during standard toxicity tests

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Abstract

Behavioral functions essential for growth and survival can be dramatically altered by sublethal exposure to toxicants. Measures of these behavioral responses are effective in detecting adverse effects of sublethal contaminant exposure. Behavioral responses of fishes can be qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated during routine toxicity tests. At selected intervals of exposure, qualitative evaluations are accomplished through direct observations, whereas video recordings are used for quantitative evaluations. Standardized procedures for behavioral evaluation are readily applicable to different fish species and provide rapid, sensitive, and ecologically relevant assessments of sublethal exposure. The methods are readily applied to standardized test protocols.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Measures of fish behavior as indicators of sublethal toxicosis during standard toxicity tests
Volume 4
Year Published 1996
Language English
Publisher ASTM International
Publisher location West Conshohocken, PA
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description 18 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment
First page 216
Last page 233