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Sublethal effects of cadmium on physiological responses in the pocketbook mussel, Lampsilis ventricosa

January 1, 1992

Several physiological responses have been used to evaluate the effects of contaminants on marine bivalves. Respiration rate, food clearance rate, ammonia excretion rate, and food assimilation efficiency can be quantified and incorporated into a bioenergetics model known as scope for growth. This model estimates an organism's instantaneous energy budget and quantifies the available energy for growth and reproduction. We applied some of these physiological techniques to freshwater mussels to determine the sublethal effects of cadmium. The objective of our study was to quantify the physiological responses of adult pocketbook mussels, Lampsilis ventricosa , exposed to sublethal concentrations of cadmium. We selected L. ventricosa for study because it is abundant in the upper Mississippi River and its life history has been partially documented.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1992
Title Sublethal effects of cadmium on physiological responses in the pocketbook mussel, Lampsilis ventricosa
DOI
Authors T.J. Naimo, G.J. Atchison, L. E. Holland Bartels
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Series Number
Index ID 1003141
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center