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Inhibition of Mussel Suspension Feeding by Surfactants of Three Classes

  • S. A. OstroumovEmail author
  • J. Widdows


Effects of three surfactants on the filtration rates by marine mussels were studied. The xenobiotics tested represented anionic, cationic and non-ionic surfactants (tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide, a representative of a class of cationic surfactants; sodium dodecyl sulphate, a representative of anionic alkyl sulfates; and Triton X-100, a representative of non-ionic hydroxyethylated alkyl phenols). All three surfactants inhibited the clearance rates. The significance of the results for the ecology of marine ecosystems is discussed.


surfactants filter-feeders clearance rates marine mussels toxicity 



clearance rate


the electromagnetic induction system


sodium dodecyl sulphate


tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide


Triton X-100


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Plymouth Marine LaboratoryPlymouthEngland

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