Persian Gulf supports diverse ecosystems and biota in need of remediation and protection, and metal data from this region is needed. Mercury (Hg) in tissues of three waders (Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantous, Red-wattled Plover Hoplopterus indicus, and White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus) from Shadegan Wetlands is reported. Black-winged Stilt had higher Hg in feather (6.6 ± 0.6 μg/g dry weight), liver (3.5 ± 1 μg/g dry weight), kidney (4.5 ± 0.8 μg/g dry weight) and muscle (1.2 ± 0.2 μg/g dry weight) (not statistically significant). Differences in Hg among waders could have resulted from diverse feeding habitats and dissimilar foraging sites.
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Zamani-Ahmadmahmoodi, R., Esmaili-Sari, A., Savabieasfahani, M. et al. Mercury Pollution in Three Species of Waders from Shadegan Wetlands at the Head of the Persian Gulf. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 84, 326–330 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-010-9933-z
- Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantous)
- Red-wattled Plover (Hoplopterus indicus)
- White-tailed Plover (Vanellus leucurus)