, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 120–126 | Cite as

Copper and zinc in an ecological series of talitroidean Amphipoda (Crustacea)

  • P. G. Moore
  • P. S. Rainbow
Original Papers


Cu and Zn concentrations were determined for the following talitroidean amphipods, Hyale nilssoni (Rathke), Talitrus saltator (Montagu), Talorchestia deshayesii (Audouin), Orchestia mediterranea Costa, O. gammarellus (Pallas), O cavimana Heller and Arcitalitrus dorrieni (Hunt) in September 1986 from sites in W. Britain (mostly Scottish). To minimize size effects, only animals >2mg body dry weight were included in analyses. Only Talorchestia (Cu & Zn) and O. cavimana (Zn) showed any residual relationship between metal concentration and dry weight. Log transformed data for concentrations of each metal against log dry wt. in all species were compared by ANCOVA. Copper and zinc concentrations of males and females were not significantly different in O. gammarellus, O. mediterranea and T. deshayesii, though Cu (but not Zn) concentrations differed with sex in O. cavimana. The order of species when ranked according to an ascending series of Cu concentrations (at standard body weight) reflected their ecological zonation from sea to land closely, with species living proximal to the sea having lowest Cu concentrations. The 6 talitrid species all had similar Zn concentrations but the Zn concentration of H. nilssoni was considerably lower. There was a relationship between Cu and Zn concentrations in individuals of only one species (O. gammarellus). Data on Cu and Zn concentrations for O. gammarellus derived from the same site in September 1983 were almost exctly the same as in September 1986. The possible impact of seasonal variation on haemocyanin levels is discussed.

Key words

Copper Zinc Amphipoda Talitroidea Terrestrial adaptation Haemocyanin Britain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. G. Moore
    • 1
  • P. S. Rainbow
    • 2
  1. 1.University Marine Biological StationMillportScotland, UK
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Aquatic Biology, School of Biological SciencesQueen Mary CollegeLondonUK

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