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Effects of Chlorpyrifos Over Reproductive Traits of Three Sympatric Freshwater Crustaceans


The exposure to environmentally relevant chlorpyrifos concentrations (0.03, 0.06 and 0.12 µg chlorpyrifos L−1) causes increases in precopulatory guardian behavior time, amplexus reformulation after exposure and in the number of ovigerous females in the amphipod Hyalella curvispina. Effects in incubation period, effective hatching and median lethal concentration on the decapods Macrobrachium borellii and Aegla uruguayana, both in adults and embryos, were achieved at higher concentrations than those found in the environment. Environmentally relevant chlorpyrifos concentrations appear not to affect decapods but several effects in reproductive traits of amphipods were observed.

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We would like to thank to Dr. Pablo Scarabotti from the Ichthyology Lab for fish supply used as food for decapods. This study was supported by the grants PICT 2015 2811 (Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica) and CAI+D 50020150100035LI (Universidad Nacional del Litoral), both directed by Carlos Leandro Negro.

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Negro, C.L., Estrubia, J.F., Rivera, F. et al. Effects of Chlorpyrifos Over Reproductive Traits of Three Sympatric Freshwater Crustaceans. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 106, 759–764 (2021).

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  • Amphipods
  • Decapods
  • Reproduction effects
  • Pesticides