|Heavy metal accumulation in the periwinkle Littorina littorea, along a pollution gradient in the Scheldt estuary|De Wolf, H.; Backeljau, T.; Blust, R. (2000). Heavy metal accumulation in the periwinkle Littorina littorea, along a pollution gradient in the Scheldt estuary. Sci. Total Environ. 262(1-2): 111-121. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0048-9697(00)00601-X
In: Science of the Total Environment. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0048-9697, more
Accumulation; Animal morphology; Heavy metals; Pollution effects; Littorina littorea (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Littorina littorea (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]; Marine
Littorina littorea; Metal pollution; Estuary; Shell morphology
Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrophotometry (ICP-AES) was used to determine heavy metal concentrations in the shells and soft tissues of the periwinkle Littorina littorea, collected at seven sites along the Scheldt estuary. Several metals accumulate in the animals soft body parts, and are related to the seawards decreasing pollution gradient. No clear correlation with a previously detected shell size patterning could be established.