Arsenic in common Australian bivalve mollusks

Bill MAHER, Frank Krikowa, Joel WARING, Simon FOSTER

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Arsenic concentrations and species in tissues of nine species of Australian bivalve mollusks from South-East Australia are presented. Arsenic concentrations were variable: whole tissues (18-109 mg/kg), viscera (18-158 mg/kg), muscle (1-42 mg/kg) and gills/mantle (19-60 mg/kg). Organisms living in sediments such as Tellina deltoidalis have higher arsenic concentrations. The suspension feeding omnivores contained mostly arsenobetaine and traces of dimethyl arsenate, arsenocholine and tetramethylarsonium ion. The deposit feeders contained less arsenobetaine and appreciable amounts of inorganic arsenic and arsenosugars. Arsenic concentrations and species are organism specific and determined by a variety of factors including exposure, diet and physiology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOne Century of the Discovery of Arsenicosis in Latin America (1914-2014) As2014
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, May 11-16, 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina
EditorsM.I Litter, H.B Nicolli, J.M Meichtry, N Quici, J Bundschuh, P Bhattacharya, R Naidu
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780429227554
ISBN (Print)9781138001411
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event5th International Congress on Arsenic in Environment, As 2014 - Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 11 May 201416 May 2014 (Conference detail)

Publication series

NameArsenic in the Environment - Proceedings
PublisherCRC Press
ISSN (Print)2154-6568


Conference5th International Congress on Arsenic in Environment, As 2014
CityBuenos Aires
Internet address


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