A Preliminary Survey of Heavy Metal Concentrations in some Estuarine Organisms in the Littoral Zone of São Luis Island, Maranhão, Brazil

  • A. A. Juras


Some species of molluscs such as the mussel Mytela falcata and fish like Genyatremus luteus, Arius herzbergii and Mugil curema are of economic importance and are very abundant in the littoral of São Luis Island. With the recent industrialization of the south of the island by companies such as ALCOA and COMPANHIA VALE DO RIO DOCE which process aluminium and iron ore respectively, much interest has been focussed on toxic metals and other elements in species of economic importance. The present paper describes preliminary studies of metal concentrations in some estuarine organisms of economic importance to the people of São Luis Island.


Heavy Metal Mytilus Edulis Soft Part Process Aluminium Estuarine Organism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Juras
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  1. 1.Laboratório de Hidrobiologiada UFMASão LuisBrazil

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