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The current status of amphibian and reptile ecotoxicological research

June 9, 2009

The extent of research conducted on the effects of contaminants on reptiles and amphibians has been scant compared to that of other vertebrate classes including fishes, birds and mammals. In a review of literature from 1972 until 1998 we found that only about 2.7% of the papers published on ecotoxicology in vertebrates concerned amphibians and 1.4% for reptiles. Most studies on amphibian ecotoxicology were on metals, pesticides, and acid deposition. For reptiles the greatest frequency of papers included metals, organochlorines, and others. In proportion to the taxonomic importance, far more papers were written on turtles than on other reptile orders. Most of the papers dealt with residues and very few dealt with effects of contaminant exposure.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2000
Title The current status of amphibian and reptile ecotoxicological research
DOI
Authors D.W. Sparling, C.A. Bishop, G. Linder
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 5211065
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center