[MARMAM] New publication on Bioaccumulation of trace element concentrations in common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) from Portugal

Silvia Monteiro silvia.sm.monteiro at gmail.com
Wed Oct 19 08:14:10 PDT 2016

Dear Marmam Readers,

I am very pleased to announce the following publication:

Monteiro SS, Pereira AT, Costa É, Torres J, Oliveira I, Bastos-Santos J,
Araújo H, Ferreira M, Vingada J, Eira C. Bioaccumulation of trace element
concentrations in common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) from Portugal. Marine
Pollution Bulletin (2016)


The common dolphin (*Delphinus delphis*) is one of the most abundant
species in Atlantic Iberia, representing a potentially important tool to
assess the bioaccumulation of trace elements in the Iberian marine
ecosystem. Nine elements (As, Cd, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se and Zn) were
evaluated in 36 dolphins stranded in continental Portugal. Dolphins had
increasing Hg concentrations (16.72 μg·g−1 ww, liver) compared with
previous studies in Atlantic Iberia, whereas Cd concentrations (2.26 μg·g−1
ww, kidney) fell within reported ranges. The concentrations of some trace
elements (including Cd and Hg) presented positive relationships with
dolphin length, presence of parasites and gross pathologies. Common
dolphins may help biomonitoring more offshore Atlantic Iberian areas in
future studies, which would otherwise be difficult to assess.

For an early view of this paper, please visit:


If you are unable to download the article, please contact me by email and I
will be
happy to send you a copy: s.monteiro at ua.pt

Best wishes,

Silvia Monteiro
Postdoctoral researcher
CESAM (Centro de estudos do ambiente e do Mar)
University of Aveiro
s.monteiro@ <http://www.bio.ua.pt/>ua.pt

Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem/Portuguese Wildlife Society
University of Minho
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