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Further observations on a population of dog-whelks, Nucella lapillus (Gastropoda) recolonizing a site following amelioration of tributyltin (TBT) pollution
Crothers, J.H. (2003). Further observations on a population of dog-whelks, Nucella lapillus (Gastropoda) recolonizing a site following amelioration of tributyltin (TBT) pollution. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 83(5): 1023-1027
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Antifouling substances; Pollution; Tributyltin; Gastropoda [WoRMS]; Nucella lapillus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Crothers, J.H.

Abstract
    Tributyltin (TBT) leaching from the antifouling paint on hulls of pleasure craft eliminated a population of dog-whelks Nucella lapillus from Watermouth Cove in the Bristol Channel but outside the Cove the number of snails was apparently unaffected. Following the ban on TBT in antifouling paints, the species has recovered most of its former range in the Cove. It is postulated that the recolonization was from a subtidal population of unusually large and elongated individuals. It was observed that it had taken some 13 years to recolonize a distance of 30 metres.

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