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Multi-elemental concentrations in the tissues of the oceanic squid Todarodes filippovae from Tasmania and the southern Indian Ocean


Kojadinovic, J and Jackson, CH and Cherel, Y and Jackson, GD and Bustamante, P, Multi-elemental concentrations in the tissues of the oceanic squid Todarodes filippovae from Tasmania and the southern Indian Ocean, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 74, (5) pp. 1238-1249. ISSN 0147-6513 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2011.03.015


This study investigates 14 elements (Ag, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se, V and Zn) in the tissues of the oceanic ommastrephid squid Todarodes filippovae from waters surrounding Ile Amsterdam (southern Indian Ocean) and Tasmania (Australia). As for other cephalopod species, the digestive gland and branchial hearts showed the highest concentrations of many elements (Ag, Cd, Se, V and Zn, and Cr and Ni, respectively) highlighting their role in bioaccumulation and detoxification processes. With the exception of As and Hg, the muscles showed relatively low trace element concentrations. Squid size was positively correlated to Ag, As, Cd, Hg and Zn concentrations in Tasmanian squid and negatively correlated to all but Hg and Zn concentrations in lie Amsterdam squid. Furthermore, no differences in elemental concentrations were noted between sexes. There were, however, some differences between mated and non-mated females from Tasmania. Comparing elemental concentrations in squid from both islands, higher concentrations of Cd, Co, Cr, Ni, Pb and V in squid sampled in Ile Amsterdam reflect different exposure conditions. When considering T. filippovae as a dietary resource for humans it should be noted that, given their Hg content, squids from lie Amsterdam are not recommended for consumption on a regular basis. Moreover, regardless of the squid's origin, digestive glands should be avoided as Cd and Hg concentrations were above the European Union authorized limits in these organs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cephalopod; Southern Indian Ocean; Tasmania; Metals; Bioaccumulation; Consumption guidelines
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal physiological ecology
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught edible molluscs
UTAS Author:Jackson, CH (Mrs Christine Jackson)
UTAS Author:Jackson, GD (Dr George Jackson)
ID Code:78317
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:52
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2012-06-21
Last Modified:2012-08-30

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