Metal Concentrations in Marine Fishes Collected from Hara Biosphere in Iran

  • Sahar Mohammadnabizadeh
  • Reza Afshari
  • Alireza Pourkhabbaz


The metal levels (Hg, As, Cu, and Zn) in tissues of edible fish species (Pampus argenteus, Sillago sihama, Liza klunzingeri and Platycephalus indicus) were evaluated. The metal concentrations were found to follow the order: liver > kidney > gill > muscle, except for Zn from P. argenteus showing an inversion of liver and kidney. Generally, the benthic species (P. indicus and S. sihama) showed a marked potential for tolerating high metal levels. Significant negative correlations were found between fish size/age and metals concentration in the most organs. The element levels in the muscles were lower than the maximum allowable concentrations, except for mercury in S. sihama and P. indicus.


Metals Fish Tissues Bioaccumulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sahar Mohammadnabizadeh
    • 1
  • Reza Afshari
    • 2
  • Alireza Pourkhabbaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of BirjandBirjandIran
  2. 2.Medical Toxicology Research CentreMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIran

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