Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 184, Issue 5, pp 3141–3151 | Cite as

Heavy metals in the liver and muscle of Micropogonias manni fish from Budi Lake, Araucania Region, Chile: potential risk for humans

  • Jaime Tapia
  • Luis Vargas-Chacoff
  • Carlos Bertrán
  • Fernando Peña-Cortés
  • Enrique Hauenstein
  • Roberto Schlatter
  • Claudio Jiménez
  • Carolina Tapia


The concentrations of cadmium, lead, manganese and zinc were determined in the fish species Micropogonias manni captured in Budi Lake, Araucanía Region (Chile). The measurements were made by atomic absorption spectroscopy, and the analysis considered the sex, weight and size of the species; the representative samples were taken from the liver and muscle tissue. The method was validated using certified reference material (DOLT-1). The ranges of concentrations found in the muscle tissue were: Cd, not determinate (n.d.)–0.26; Pb, n.d.–1.88; Mn, 0.02–12.17 and Zn, 0.48–39.04 mg kg−1 (dry weight). The concentrations in muscle tissue were generally lower than those found in the liver. With respect to the average concentrations recorded for each metal in the edible part of the fish (muscle tissue), it was found that the levels of Cd, Pb, Mn and Zn are within the ranges published by other authors in similar works and below the maximum concentration limits permitted by current legislation (FAO/WHO 2004; EU 2001) and do not constitute a health hazard for consumers of this species. The results were subjected to statistical analysis to evaluate the correlations between the content of the various metals and the sex, weight and size of each sample.


Atomic absorption spectrometry Budi Lake Fish Heavy Metals 



Study carried out in the framework of FONDECYT Project 1080317 and 1110798. The authors are also grateful to the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory belonging to the Institute of Chemistry of Natural Resources, University of Talca, Chile.

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaime Tapia
    • 1
  • Luis Vargas-Chacoff
    • 2
  • Carlos Bertrán
    • 2
  • Fernando Peña-Cortés
    • 3
  • Enrique Hauenstein
    • 3
  • Roberto Schlatter
    • 2
  • Claudio Jiménez
    • 2
  • Carolina Tapia
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Natural Resources ChemistryUniversidad de TalcaTalcaChile
  2. 2.Institute of Marine Science and Limnology, Science FacultyUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  3. 3.Faculty of Natural ResourcesUniversidad Católica de TemucoTemucoChile
  4. 4.Technology University of ChileConcepción-TalcahuanoChile

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