Trace metals in liver, skin and muscle of Lethrinus lentjan fish species in relation to body length and sex

M. H. Al-Yousuf, M. S. El-Shahawi, S. M. Al-Ghais

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

383 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

A post-Gulf sea water pollution assessment program was carried out in the liver, skin and muscle tissues of the localized Lethrinus lentjan fish species [Family: Lethrinidae (Teleost)]. Monitoring the concentration of the major heavy metals at different sites along the western coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Arabian Gulf was studied. The concentrations of Zn, Cu and Mn were found to follow the order: liver>skin>muscle while the cadmium level follows the sequence: liver>muscle>skin. The influence of fish sex and body length on the metal accumulation of those metals in the tested fish organs was critically investigated. The average metal concentrations in liver, skin and muscle of female fish were found to be higher than those found in the male fish. The detected metal levels were generally similar to previous pre-war, 1991 levels. The study concludes that the marine fish from the Arabian Gulf are comparatively clean and do not constitute a risk for human health. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume256
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 10 2000

Keywords

  • Bodylength
  • Fish
  • Organs
  • Sex
  • Trace metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Trace metals in liver, skin and muscle of Lethrinus lentjan fish species in relation to body length and sex'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this