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Cadmium contamination of tissues and organs of delphinids species (Stenella attenuata)—Influence of biological and ecological factors

Abstract : Based on a sample of 27 dolphins (Stenella attenuata) captured in the Eastern tropical zone of the Pacific Ocean, this study was carried out to analyze the cadmium accumulation levels and distribution in 12 organs or tissue samples. The average cadmium concentrations were between 0.2 mg Cd · kg−1 in the brain and muscle and 48 mg Cd · kg−1 in the kidneys. For most of organs and tissues the average values were between 1 and 5 mg Cd · kg−1. Kidneys, liver, muscle, and intestine contained almost 85% of the total cadmium burden of all tissues considered in this study. Most of the biological and ecological factors taken into account (age, sex, total weight, and length of the dolphins, weight of the organs, place and date of capture) interacted with the cadmium concentrations and burdens in the collected organs or tissues. Three factors appear to be of prime importance: age, body weight, and geographical location of the area of capture.
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J.M. André, J. C. Amiard, C. Amiard-Triquet, A. Boudou, F. Ribeyre. Cadmium contamination of tissues and organs of delphinids species (Stenella attenuata)—Influence of biological and ecological factors. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Elsevier, 1990, 20 (3), pp.290-306. ⟨10.1016/0147-6513(90)90008-S⟩. ⟨hal-01702610⟩

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