, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 838–854 | Cite as

Haematological parameters as bioindicators of insecticide exposure in teleosts

  • Narendra Nath Singh
  • Anil Kumar Srivastava


Haematological parameters, such as erythrocyte and leucocyte count, erythrocyte indices and thrombocyte number vis-a-vis coagulation of blood has been considered bioindicators of toxicosis in fish following exposure to organochlorine, organophosphate, carbamate and pyrethroid insecticides. This review deals with the effects of insecticides on the morphology of red blood cells, total erythrocyte count, haemoglobin content, haematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular haemoglobin, mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, total and differential leucocyte counts, thrombocyte count and clotting time in the peripheral blood of a number of teleosts. The review also takes stock of knowledge of the subject and explores prospects of additional research in the related area.


Organochlorine Organophosphate Carbamate Pyrethroid insecticides Toxicity Teleosts haematology 



We are indebted to fellow workers who freely made available the reprints of their papers, for their advice and allowing us to reproduce their data in the tables given in the text.


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  1. 1.Fish Toxicology Lab., Department of ZoologySt. Andrews CollegeGorakhpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyDDU Gorakhpur UniversityGorakhpurIndia

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