Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 141, Issue 1–3, pp 150–158 | Cite as

Heavy Metals in Antarctic Notothenioid Fish from South Bay, Livingston Island, South Shetlands (Antarctica)

  • Michaela BeltchevaEmail author
  • Roumiana Metcheva
  • Vesela Peneva
  • Margarita Marinova
  • Yordan Yankov
  • Vania Chikova


The Pb, Cd, Cu, Zn, and Mn contents of the liver, spleen, muscle, bones, scales, gills, and the whole body of 3- to 7-year-old notothenioid Antarctic cod (Notothenia coriiceps, Richardson, 1844) were measured. The highest heavy metal concentrations obtained are as follows: Cd in liver, the mean value was 1.36 ± 0.19 mg/kg dry weight (wt); Pb and Zn in spleen, the mean values were 3.33 ± 0.86 and 143.97 ± 16.17 mg/kg dry wt, respectively; Cu in gills, 3.76 ± 1.16 mg/kg dry wt; and Mn in scales, 14.80 ± 4.77 mg/kg dry wt. The comparison with the data reported up to now shows that the metal concentrations varied within relative wide ranges. These first data obtained could be used as a baseline to investigate further relationships among metal contents in fish, their diet, and habitat.


Notothenia coriiceps Heavy metals Antarctica 



This work was funded by grant B 16-15/2006 of the Bulgarian National Science Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela Beltcheva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Roumiana Metcheva
    • 1
  • Vesela Peneva
    • 2
  • Margarita Marinova
    • 2
  • Yordan Yankov
    • 3
  • Vania Chikova
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.National Diagnostic and Research Veterinary InstituteSofiaBulgaria
  3. 3.Bulgarian Antarctic InstituteSofiaBulgaria

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