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Marine Biology

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 143–147 | Cite as

Effects of cadmium and mercury on the behavioral responses and development of Eurypanopeus depressus larvae

  • D. Z. Mirkes
  • W. B. Vernberg
  • P. J. DeCoursey
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Abstract

Larval stages of the estuarine mud crab Eurypanopeus depressus were exposed to either 10 ppb cadmium or 1.8 ppb mercury in a flow-through rearing system. Development time from the megalopa to juvenile crab was extended in the cadmium-exposed individuals. Cadmium elevated the swimming rates of the late zoeal stages, while mercury depressed swimming rates of the early stages. Increased mortality of Stage I zoeae was observed after 24 h exposure to cadmium; increased mortality was also noted for megalopa and early crab stages reared in cadmium.

Keywords

Mercury Cadmium Development Time Behavioral Response Larval Stage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Z. Mirkes
    • 1
  • W. B. Vernberg
    • 2
    • 3
  • P. J. DeCoursey
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal ResearchThe University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.School of Public Health, Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal ResearchThe University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyThe University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  4. 4.Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal ResearchThe University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  5. 5.the Department of BiologyThe University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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