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Effects of No. 2 fuel oil on common eider eggs

June 16, 2010

An oil spill near a breeding colony could result in the transfer of oil from the plumage and feet of incubating birds to their eggs. Microlitre amounts of No. 2 fuel oil were applied externally to common eider eggs in an island breeding colony in Maine. Clutches of eggs treated with 20 ?l of fuel oil had significantly greater embryonic mortality than the control clutches when they were examined 7 days after treatment. The results are similar to those of an earlier study of artificially incubated common eider eggs and indicate that nest site conditions do not affect embryotoxicity of No. 2 fuel oil.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1978
Title Effects of No. 2 fuel oil on common eider eggs
Authors P.H. Albers, Robert C. Szaro
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Marine Pollution Bulletin
Series Number
Index ID 5221448
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center