Assessment of Cadmium, Copper, Lead and Zinc Contamination Using Oysters (Saccostrea cucullata) as Biomonitors on the Coast of the Persian Gulf, Iran

  • Behnam Haidari Chaharlang
  • Alireza Riyahi BakhtiariEmail author
  • Vahid Yavari


The levels of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn in surface sediment, soft tissue and shell of the oyster Saccostrea cucullata collected from three locations, in the intertidal zones of Lengeh Port, northern part of Persian Gulf were measured. Results indicated that there were a positive correlation across Zn (r = 0.58, p = 0.025), Cd (r = 0.74, p < 0.01) and Cu (r = 0.80, p < 0.01) levels in the soft tissue of oyster and sediment which supported this fact that the soft tissue of S. cucullata can be considered as biomonitoring agent for Cd, Zn and Cu in the Lengeh Port.


Metals Saccostrea cucullata Lengeh port Persian Gulf 



We are grateful to Mr. Argangi for his valuable help in conduction of sampling operations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Behnam Haidari Chaharlang
    • 1
  • Alireza Riyahi Bakhtiari
    • 2
    Email author
  • Vahid Yavari
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Pollution, Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityKhouzestanIran
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural ResourceTarbiat Modares UniversityNoorIran
  3. 3.Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Marine Natural ResourcesKhorramshahr University of Marine Science and TechnologyKhorramshahrIran

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