Effects of heavy metals on oxygen consumption and ammonia excretion in green-lipped mussels (Perna viridis)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-386
Journal / PublicationMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number4-12
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1995


Physiological responses (oxygen consumption and ammonia excretion) of the green-lipped mussel (Perna viridis) exposed to four concentrations of Cd (0.15, 0.32, 0.70 and 1.50 ppm) and four concentrations of Zn (0.60, 1.29, 2.79 and 6.00 ppm) were monitored for 21 days. Changes occurred in the ammonia excretion rates and O:N ratios with individual mussels experiencing different metal concentrations over time. Oxygen consumption rate decreased significantly with time for Cd-exposed individuals and also decreased significantly with the interaction between the concentration of Zn and time for Zn-exposed individuals. Although low O:N ratios (