Elevated concentrations of mercury in mussels (Mytilus californianus) associated with pinniped colonies

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Flegal, A. R., Stephenson, M., Martin, M., & Martin, J. H. (1981). Elevated concentrations of mercury in mussels (Mytilus californianus) associated with pinniped colonies. Marine Biology, 65(1), 45-48.
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TitleElevated concentrations of mercury in mussels (Mytilus californianus) associated with pinniped colonies
AuthorsA. Flegal, M. Stephenson, M. Martin, J. Martin
AbstractThe geographic distribution of mercury concentrations in the California mussel Mytilus californianus, collected from 1977-1978 at 43 sites along the western coastline of the continental United States is marked by consistently elevated levels at two locations. These two sites, which are relatively isolated from anthropogenic inputs and mercury-rich minerals, both contain large pinniped and marine bird populations. The relatively elevated mercury levels measured in the excrement of a pinniped from one of those locales indicate that the concentrated discharge of mercury-rich waste products from the marine ecosystem's top carnivores is contaminating lower trophic levels.
JournalMarine Biology
Date1981
Volume65
Issue1
Start page45
End page48
ISSN0025-3162
Subjectsmercury, animal experiment, invertebrate, mussel
NoteCited By (since 1996):1, Ecology, CODEN: MBIOA

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