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Cadmium and Lead Concentrations in the Fish Tissues of a Coastal Lagoon System of the SE Gulf of California


Mean Cd trend in the muscle of omnivorous (O), planktivorous (P), benthopelagic-carnivorous (BPC), and benthic carnivorous (BC) fish of one lagoon of NW Mexico was BPC > BC > P > O (0.89, 0.59, 0.55 and 0.24 μg g−1). That of Pb was P > BC > O > BPC (1.07, 0.48, 0.17 and 0.04 μg g−1). In the liver Cd was P > BPC > O > BC (5.09, 2.40, 2.07 and 1.95 μg g−1). Pb was P > O > BPC > BC (0.63, 0.40, 0.13 and 0.07 μg g−1). There were no differences in Cd and Pb contents due to feeding habits, and the correlations between metals and troph level were not significant (p > 0.05 in all cases).

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J. Payán identified the fish specimens. H. Bojórquez & A. Rojas helped with laboratory work.

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Quintero-Alvarez, J.M., Soto-Jiménez, M.F., Amezcua, F. et al. Cadmium and Lead Concentrations in the Fish Tissues of a Coastal Lagoon System of the SE Gulf of California. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 89, 820–823 (2012).

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  • Fish tissues
  • Metal contents
  • Lead
  • Cadmium