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The effect of synchronous moulting on body copper and zinc concentrations in four species of talitrid amphipods (Crustacea)
Weeks, J.M.; Moore, P.G. (1991). The effect of synchronous moulting on body copper and zinc concentrations in four species of talitrid amphipods (Crustacea). J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 71(2): 481-488. hdl.handle.net/10.1017/S0025315400051729
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
    Copper; Marine crustaceans; Moulting; Zinc; Amphipoda [WoRMS]; Crustacea [WoRMS]; Orchestia gammarellus (Pallas, 1766) [WoRMS]; Orchestia mediterranea Costa, 1853 [WoRMS]; Talitridae Rafinesque, 1815 [WoRMS]; Talitrus saltator (Montagu, 1808) [WoRMS]; Talorchestia deshayesi (Audouin, 1826) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Weeks, J.M.
  • Moore, P.G.

Abstract
    Analysis of the total copper and zinc content of four species of talitrid amphipods, Orchestia gammarellus, O. mediterranea, Talitrus saltator and Talorchestia deshayesii throughout a complete spring/neap tidal cycle failed to reveal any significant effects of moulting upon body copper or zinc in any species. Moulting was synchronized to the lunar cycle only in T. saltator, taking place 5–7 days prior to a new moon. The fact that no significant changes in body metal concentrations took place with the moult cycle is discussed in relation to the use of talitrid amphipods in copper and zinc biomonitoring programmes.

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