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Total Mercury in Six Antarctic Notothenioid Fishes

Abstract

We analyzed white muscle samples from six species of Antarctic fish (suborder Notothenioidei) collected in 2011 from McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica, to assess levels of total mercury (THg). Gymnodraco acuticeps and Trematomus bernacchii exhibited the highest concentrations of THg followed by Trematomus pennellii, Trematomus nicolai, Trematomus newnesi and Pagothenia borchgrevinki, (71.3, 53.9 ± 32.1, 45.8 ± 27.3, 37.2 ± 18.6, 35.7 ± 23.6, and 21.9 ± 2.8 ng/g wet weight, respectively). The results from this study suggest that THg has the potential to bioaccumulate from various marine Antarctic ecosystems into biota.

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Wintle, N.J.P., Sleadd, I.M., Gundersen, D.T. et al. Total Mercury in Six Antarctic Notothenioid Fishes. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 95, 557–560 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-015-1594-5

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Keywords

  • Antarctic fish
  • Notothenioidei
  • Mercury
  • Bioaccumulation