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Marine Biology

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 79–88 | Cite as

Effects of salinity on the net uptake of zinc by the common mussel Mytilus edulis

  • D. J. H. Phillips
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Abstract

The net uptake of zinc by the common mussel Mytilus edulis (L.) has been investigated under different natural and artificial salinity stresses. The effects of stable and fluctuating salinities on the uptake of zinc by the mussel are discussed in terms of three possible modes of action. Under certain highly-stressful conditions, salinity may affect the uptake of zinc by the mussel. This factor should be considered when the mussel is used as an indicator of environmental pollution by zinc in estuarine areas, or spurious conclusions may result.

Keywords

Zinc Environmental Pollution Salinity Stress Mytilus Edulis Estuarine Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. H. Phillips
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of ZoologyUppsalaSweden

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