Journal of Marine Biology & Oceanography ISSN: 2324-8661

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Research Article, J Mar Biol Oceanogr Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Effects of Gender and Season on Potentially Toxic Metal Levels in Muscles of Adult Blue Swimmer Crabs (Portunus pelagicus) from the Northeastern Mediterranean Sea

Deniz AYAS*
Department of Seafood Processing Technology, Faculty of Fisheries, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey
Corresponding author : Deniz AYAS
Department of Seafood Processing Technology, Faculty of Fisheries, University of Mersin, 33160, Mersin, Turkey
Tel: 90-324-3412813; Fax: 90-324-3413025
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 30, 2013 Accepted: March 29, 2013 Published: April 05, 2013
Citation: AYAS D (2013) Effects of Gender and Season on Potentially Toxic Metal Levels in Muscles of Adult Blue Swimmer Crabs (Portunus pelagicus) from the Northeastern Mediterranean Sea. J Mar Biol Oceanogr 2:2. doi:10.4172/2324-8661.1000110

Abstract

Effects of Gender and Season on Potentially Toxic Metal Levels in Muscles of Adult Blue Swimmer Crabs (Portunus pelagicus) from the Northeastern Mediterranean Sea

The effects of gender and season on potentially toxic metal levels in two muscle types (lump crabmeat, LCM, and chela crabmeat, CCM) of adult blue swimmer crabs, Portunus pelagicus, caught in Mersin Bay, Northeastern Mediterranean Sea, were investigated. In each season, the muscle tissues from 40 individuals of each sex were taken out by hand. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrophotometer was used to determine metal levels in samples.

Keywords: Blue swimmer crab; Portunus pelagicus; Season; Gender; Metal contamination

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