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Residues of endosulfan in carp as an indicator of exposure conditions


Nowak, BF and Goodsell, AH and Julli, M, Residues of endosulfan in carp as an indicator of exposure conditions, Ecotoxicology, 4, (6) pp. 363-371. ISSN 0963-9292 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF00118871


Endosulfan is an organochlorine insecticide, consisting of a mixture of two isomers: alpha and beta endosulfan. Endosulfan residues were determined in livers and gills of carp exposed to lethal and sublethal concentrations of endosulfan. The fish which were exposed to a lethal concentration contained the highest residue level in both liver and gills. In carp liver, the percentage of beta endosulfan in the residue decreased with time between exposure and collection of samples whereas the percentage of endosulfan sulphate increased. Carp killed by exposure to endosulfan had a significantly greater ratio of beta to alpha endosulfan and a significantly greater percentage of beta endosulfan in their livers. There was no such clear relationship for the residue composition in fish gills. The determination of residue composition, in particular the percentage of beta endosulfan or the ratio of beta to alpha isomers is recommended in investigations of fish kills when endosulfan is a suspected cause.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Other biological sciences
Research Field:Other biological sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
UTAS Author:Goodsell, AH (Ms Ann Hamilton Goodsell)
ID Code:5527
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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