STP1306

    Behavioral Studies of Contaminant Effects on Aquatic Invertebrates: A Review of Russian Investigations

    Published: Jan 1996


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    Abstract

    Studies by Russian scientists have documented significant alterations and impairment of critical behavioral functions in aquatic organisms following exposure to environmental contaminants. Behavioral responses disrupted by sublethal exposure to toxicants are intimately involved in habitat selection, foraging, competition, predator-prey relationships, and reproduction, and are essential to survival. Behavioral responses of benthic invertebrates have received considerable study in Russia. A range of invertebrate taxa have been studied, including leeches, insects, molluscs, plankton, and crustaceans. In addition, aquatic invertebrates exhibit a large number of behavioral responses which are sensitive to contaminant exposure and are easily quantified. Standardized behavioral methodologies for measuring contaminant effects are being developed.

    Keywords:

    behavior, behavioral methods, benthic invertebrates


    Author Information:

    Nepomnyashchikh, VA
    Head of Behavioral Ecology Research Group, Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of Sciences, Nekouz, Yaroslavl

    DeLonay, VA
    Ecologist and General Biologist, National Biological Service, Midwest Science Center, Columbia, MO

    Little, EE
    Ecologist and General Biologist, National Biological Service, Midwest Science Center, Columbia, MO


    Paper ID: STP11718S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E47.12

    DOI: 10.1520/STP11718S


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