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Specific accumulation of arsenic compounds in green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) from Ishigaki Island, Japan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17728031     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Concentrations of total arsenic (As) and individual compounds were determined in green and hawksbill turtles from Ishigaki Island, Japan. In both species, total As concentrations were highest in muscle among the tissues. Arsenobetaine was a major compound in most tissues of both turtles. High concentrations of trimethylarsine oxide were detected in hawksbill turtles. A significant negative correlation between standard carapace length (SCL), an indicator of age, and total As levels in green turtles was found. In contrast, the levels increased with SCL of hawksbill turtles. Shifts in feeding habitats with growth may account for such a growth-dependent accumulation of As. Although concentrations of As in marine sponges, the major food of hawksbill turtles are not high compared to those in algae eaten by green turtles, As concentrations in hawksbill turtles were higher than those in green turtles, indicating that hawksbill turtles may have a specific accumulation mechanism for As.
Tetsuro Agusa; Kozue Takagi; Reiji Kubota; Yasumi Anan; Hisato Iwata; Shinsuke Tanabe
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  153     ISSN:  0269-7491     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-21     Completed Date:  2009-04-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Arsenic / analysis,  pharmacokinetics
Arsenicals / analysis*,  pharmacokinetics
Ecology / methods
Food Chain
Sex Factors
Species Specificity
Tissue Distribution
Turtles / anatomy & histology,  growth & development,  metabolism*
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*,  pharmacokinetics
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Arsenicals; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical; 4964-14-1/trimethylarsine oxide; 64436-13-1/arsenobetaine; 7440-38-2/Arsenic

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