Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 155, Issue 1–4, pp 459–465 | Cite as

Comparative study of the sensitivity to cadmium of two populations of Gambusia affinis from two different sites

  • Ali Annabi
  • Imed Messaoudi
  • Abdelhamid Kerkeni
  • Khaled Said


This study aims to demonstrate the influence of animals’ origin on their sensitivity toward heavy metals. For this purpose, we compared LC50 of cadmium in two populations of Gambusia affinis captured in two geographically isolated environments in the east of Tunisia; Oued El Gsil in the city of Monastir (S2) and Oued Chenini in the region of Gabes (S1). Although physicochemical parameters of the water (pH, dissolved oxygen and salinity) are similar in the two studied sites, cadmium concentrations in water, sediments and fish tissues from S1 are significantly higher (P < 0.01) than those from S2, 48-h and 96-h LC50 of the (S1) population are significantly higher than those from S2. In the same way, the offspring of the polluted site (S1) population exhibit 48-h and 96-h LC50 values much higher than those of the reference site (S2) population. These results show that the population of the Gabes region is more resistant to cadmium than that of the Monastir region and that this resistance could have a genetic basis. These results indicate the influence of the origin of animals that has to be taken into account not only in laboratory toxicity tests, but also in field ecotoxicological studies.


Sensitivity Gambusia affinis Cadmium LC50 Tunisia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Annabi
    • 1
  • Imed Messaoudi
    • 1
  • Abdelhamid Kerkeni
    • 2
  • Khaled Said
    • 1
  1. 1.UR 09/30: Génétique, Biodiversité et Valorisation des BioressourcesInstitute of BiotechnologyMonastirTunisia
  2. 2.Eléments trace, radicaux libres, systèmes antioxydants et pathologies humaines et environnementFaculté de MedecineMonastirTunisia

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