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Copper Toxicity on Juveniles of Hyalella pseudoazteca González and Watling, 2003


The aim of this work is to evaluate the toxic effect of water and sediment contaminated with Cu2+ on the survival and growth of juveniles of Hyalella pseudoazteca. The LC50 96 h for Cu2+ in moderately hard water was 0.17 mg/L. The concentration of 100 mg Cu2+/kg in sediment was found to have an inhibitory growth effect. This study provides information on the toxic effects of Cu2+ on a native benthic species occurring in the Pampean region, Argentina and contributes to validate, in this region, the interim use of Cu2+ values recommended by the sediment quality guidelines for the Northern hemisphere.

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Dr. Adonis Giorgi for his suggestions; Dr. Roberto Servant for Chemical determinations in sediments, CNEA, Argentina. Project granted by ANPCyT (PICT No. 14129/03) and Universidad Nacional de Luján.

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Giusto, A., Ferrari, L. Copper Toxicity on Juveniles of Hyalella pseudoazteca González and Watling, 2003. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 81, 169–173 (2008).

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  • Spiked sediment bioassays
  • Amphipoda
  • Hyalella pseudoazteca
  • Copper toxicity