Inland Water Biology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 319–328 | Cite as

Mercury in the muscle tissue of fish in the Central and South Vietnam

Aquatic Toxicology

Abstract

The content of mercury has been determined in the muscle tissue of 18 fish species in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs of Central and South Vietnam. The region is characterized by lower metal concentrations than those in water bodies in temperate and northern latitudes. In 76% of samples (n = 986), the content of Hg was ≤0.5 μg Hg/g of dry (≤0.1 μg/g of wet) tissue weight. In water bodies and watercourses of tropical latitudes, interspecific variations in fish can be one of the factors responsible for a wide range of Hg variation within the same species.

Keywords

mercury fish tropical ecosystems Vietnam Southeast Asia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland WatersRussian Academy of Sciences, BorokYaroslavl oblastRussia

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