Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 138, Issue 1–3, pp 201–206 | Cite as

Seasonal variations of heavy metals in some organs of carp (Cyprinus carpio L., 1758) from Beyşehir Lake (Turkey)

  • Selda Tekin-Özan
  • İsmail Kir


In this study which was carried out between March 2003 and February 2005 Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn, Cr, Pb and Cd contents were determined in muscle, liver and gill of carp (Cyprinus carpio L., 1758) caught from Beyşehir Lake. Among the heavy metals analyzed Cr, Pb and Cd were below the detection limit (<0.03). Heavy metal concentrations varied significantly depending on the type of the tissue and season. The highest metal concentrations were found in the liver, followed by gill and muscle. Heavy metal levels in tissues of carp were increased in summer and winter, while were decreased in autumn and spring. The present study shows that precautions need to be taken in Beyşehir Lake in order to prevent heavy metal pollution that can occur in the future.


Heavy metal Pollution Cyprinus carpio Beyşehir Lake Turkey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science and Art, Department of BiologySüleyman Demirel UniversityIspartaTurkey

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