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Effects of Lead Pollution from Vehicular Exhaust Fumes Against Sentinel Juvenile Achatina achatina


We investigated lead metal pollution induced by traffic fumes along roads with differing traffic intensity near abandoned battery factory (Niger Delta, Nigeria). Juvenile Achatina achatina were positioned as sentinels in plastic snaileries 2 m on road sides. Lead contamination in snail tissue by atomic absorption spectrophotometer increased with increasing vehicular traffic intensity. Snails showed low positive (r 2 = 0.40) relationship and significant (p < 0.05) accumulation of atmospheric lead pollution. Edible snails sold along road sides are prone to lead contamination.

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Ebenso, I.E., Ologhobo, A.D. Effects of Lead Pollution from Vehicular Exhaust Fumes Against Sentinel Juvenile Achatina achatina . Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 81, 513–515 (2008).

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  • Edible snail
  • Lead accumulation
  • Vehicular fumes