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Toxicity of copper-spiked sediments to Tubifex tubifex (Oligochaeta, Tubificidae): a comparison of the 28-day reproductive bioassay with a 6-month cohort experiment
Pasteris, A.; Vecchi, M.; Reynoldson, T.B.; Bonomi, G. (2003). Toxicity of copper-spiked sediments to Tubifex tubifex (Oligochaeta, Tubificidae): a comparison of the 28-day reproductive bioassay with a 6-month cohort experiment. Aquat. Toxicol. 65(3): 253-265
In: Aquatic Toxicology. Elsevier Science: Tokyo; New York; London; Amsterdam. ISSN 0166-445X, more
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Keywords
    Bioassays; Copper; Life tables; Sediments; Toxicity tests; Tubifex tubifex (Müller, 1774) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Pasteris, A., correspondent
  • Vecchi, M.
  • Reynoldson, T.B.
  • Bonomi, G.

Abstract
    Results from a 28-day adult reproductive bioassay using the aquatic oligochaete Tubifex tubifex (Müller, 1774) are compared with life table statistics obtained from a 6-month experiment on cohorts of the same species. This was done by simultaneously performing the two tests on copper spiked sediments. Five concentrations and a control were tested. The 28-day bioassay was performed 3 times in succession. Several endpoints were considered for each test and LOEC, IC10 and IC50 were calculated. IC50 estimates for the number of young produced in the 28-day bioassay range from 81 to 107 mg/kg; IC50 estimates for different endpoints of the cohort experiment ranged from 88 to 106 mg/kg. The 28-day bioassay showed essentially the same sensitivity as the cohort experiment to copper. This suggests that the 28-day reproductive bioassay does provide information that is relevant in assessing long-term toxic effects at the population level.

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