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Use of Oxygen Consumption and Ammonium Excretion to Evaluate the Sublethal Toxicity of Cadmium and Zinc on Litopenaeus schmitti (Burkenroad, 1936, Crustacea)

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Penaeid shrimps are important resources for worldwide fisheries and aquaculture. In Brazil, Litopenaeus schmitti ( L. schmitti) is a important commercially exploited species and is an ideal animal for studying the impairment caused by the effects of heavy metals that are often detected in coastal areas. The main purpose of the present study was to detect the acute toxicity of cadmium and zinc to L. schmitti and investigate their effects on oxygen consumption and ammonium excretion, investigations that have not been carried out in this species before. First, the acute toxicity of cadmium and zinc to L. schmitti 24, 48, 72, and 96-hour medium lethal concentration was examined, which resulted in the following values: 0.98, 0.54, 0.32, and 0.18 mg/L for cadmium and 1.64, 1.22, 0.86, and 0.31 mg/L for zinc. Furthermore, we also found that exposure of shrimp to cadmium and zinc caused an inhibition in oxygen consumption of 55.92 and 44.09%, respectively, relative to the control. However, after separate exposure to cadmium and zinc, elevations in ammonium excretion were obtained, which were 174.28 and 162.5% higher than the control, respectively.

Keywords: ammonium excretion; cadmium; medium lethal concentration (LC 50); oxygen consumption; shrimp; zinc

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143006X136775

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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