Chesapeake Science

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 146–149 | Cite as

Effect of metallic aluminum particles on oysters and clams

  • Robert W. Hanks


The effect of powdered aluminum, used in photogrammetric studies of water currents, on the eastern oyster,Crassostrea virginica, and the soft-shell clam,Mya arenaria, was studied under laboratory conditions. Although the metal particles were removed by filtering activity of the organisms, no increase in aluminum was detected in the tissues and no increase was observed in water samples. These aquatic invertebrates apparently react to aluminum particles as they would to any other inorganic material in the same size range.


Aluminum Particle Fecal Pellet Powdered Aluminum Crassostrea Virginica Metallic Aluminum 
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© Estuarine Research Federation 1965

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Hanks
    • 1
  1. 1.Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Biological LaboratoryU.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceOxford

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