Fine-scale detection of pollutants by a benthic marine jellyfish

Epstein, Hannah E., Templeman, Michelle A., and Kingsford, Michael J. (2016) Fine-scale detection of pollutants by a benthic marine jellyfish. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 107 (1). pp. 340-346.

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Abstract

Local sources of pollution can vary immensely on small geographic scales and short time frames due to differences in runoff and adjacent land use. This study examined the rate of uptake and retention of trace metals in Cassiopea maremetens, a benthic marine jellyfish, over a short time frame and in the presence of multiple pollutants. This study also validated the ability of C. maremetens to uptake metals in the field. Experimental manipulation demonstrated that metal accumulation in jellyfish tissue began within 24 h of exposure to treated water and trended for higher accumulation in the presence of multiple pollutants. C. maremetens was found to uptake trace metals in the field and provide unique signatures among locations. This fine-scale detection and rapid accumulation of metals in jellyfish tissue can have major implications for both biomonitoring and the trophic transfer of pollutants through local ecosystems.

Item ID: 48288
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3363
Keywords: Cassiopea maremetens, trace metals, pollution, fine-scale, bioaccumulation, Queensland, Australia
Funders: James Cook University (JCU), Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC CE 14010020
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 03:21
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4105 Pollution and contamination > 410599 Pollution and contamination not elsewhere classified @ 40%
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370104 Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes @ 30%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3199 Other biological sciences > 319999 Other biological sciences not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961102 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960903 Coastal and Estuarine Water Management @ 10%
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