Bioacumulation of trace elements in the crab Ucides cordatus (Linnaeus, 1763) from the macrotidal mangrove coast region of the Brazilian Amazon

  • Bruna Mariáh da S. e SilvaEmail author
  • Gundisalvo P. Morales
  • Ana Lúcia N. Gutjahr
  • Kelson do C. Freitas Faial
  • Bruno S. Carneiro


In this study, trace element concentrations were measured in chelipod and gill samples of the crab U. cordatus by induced coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP OES). The element average concentrations between the structures were statistically compared. Gill concentrations of Cu and Zn were higher in female crabs, while in chelipods, Pb concentrations were higher in males. The concentration of Zn in crabs from Curuçá City were higher than the recommended by health agencies, but the provisional tolerable daily intake value (PTDI), for Zn and Cu, showed only 10 and 23% contribution, respectively. The bioaccumulation factor was higher than 1 for Cu (gills and chelipods) and Zn (only for chelipods), which suggests bioaccumulation for these elements. Further metallomic and oxidative stress analyses are suggested, in order to evaluate possible protein and/or enzymatic biomarkers of toxicity.


Environmental contamination Uca crab Estuary Environmental impact Human health 



The authors would like to thank the Evandro Chagas Institute (IEC) and the Dr. Edilson Brabo Ecotoxicology Laboratory by the collaboration in carrying out the analyses. Thanks are also due to the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) for financial assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruna Mariáh da S. e Silva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gundisalvo P. Morales
    • 1
  • Ana Lúcia N. Gutjahr
    • 1
  • Kelson do C. Freitas Faial
    • 2
  • Bruno S. Carneiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Ciências Naturais e Tecnologia, Travessa Enéas PinheiroUniversidade do Estado do ParáBelémBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto Evandro ChagasAnanindeuaBrazil

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