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Comparative Study of Mercury Accumulation in Two Fish Species, (Cyprinus carpio and Sander lucioperca) from Anzali and Gomishan Wetlands in the Southern Coast of the Caspian Sea


Anzali and Gomishan wetlands are considered as two of the most important wetlands in southern coast of Caspian Sea. To investigate mercury accumulation in these ecosystems, total mercury concentrations were measured in the muscle tissue of two fish species. Higher mercury concentrations were detected in C. carpio, an omnivorous benthic/pelagic species (Anzali wetland: 0.2 μg g−1 wet weight; Gomishan wetland: 0.2 μg g−1 wet weight), than in S. lucioperca, a carnivorous pelagic species (Anzali: 0.06 μg g−1 wet weight; Gomishan: 0.15 μg g−1 wet weight).

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Many thanks to Dr. Savabi, Mr. Alahverdi, Mr. Malvandi and Mr. Daneshi for insightful comments.

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Tabatabaie, T., Ghomi, M.R., Amiri, F. et al. Comparative Study of Mercury Accumulation in Two Fish Species, (Cyprinus carpio and Sander lucioperca) from Anzali and Gomishan Wetlands in the Southern Coast of the Caspian Sea. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 87, 674–677 (2011).

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  • Mercury
  • Anzali and Gomishan wetlands
  • European pike perch
  • Common carp