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Accumulation of heavy metals in the whaleworm Anisakis simplex s.l. (Nematoda: Anisakidae)

  • Santiago Pascual (a1) and Elvira Abollo (a2)

Third-stage larval and adult infrapopulations of the whaleworm Anisakis simplex sensu lato (s.l.) (Nematoda: Anisakidae) from their respective fish, cephalopod and cetacean hosts caught or stranded in the Galician coast (north-west Spain), were analysed for heavy metals by atomic absorption spectrometry. Results suggest that the whaleworm may accumulate lead and copper to levels far in excess of their host tissues.

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Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • ISSN: 0025-3154
  • EISSN: 1469-7769
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