Trace metals in Gasterosteus aculeatus L. and its parasites from the Gulf of Gdansk
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In this study the concentrations of trace metals in typical parasites of the three-spined stickleback, i.e. Schistocephalus solidus (Cestoda) and Thersitina gasterostei (Copepoda), and in the sticklebacks (infected or uninfected) were compared. Concentrations of Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb were determined. The accumulations of metals suggested that S. solidus, T. gasterostei and their hosts could serve as biological indicators of heavy metal contamination.
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J. Morozinska-Gogol, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, University of Gdansk, Al. Marszalka Pilsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland