STP707

    Lumbriculus variegatus, a Benthic Oligochaete, as a Bioassay Organism

    Published: Jan 1980


      Format Pages Price  
    PDF Version (164K) 11 $25   ADD TO CART
    Complete Source PDF (5.4M) 11 $55   ADD TO CART


    Abstract

    The potential of the freshwater oligochaete Lumbriculus variegatus as a bioassay organism was investigated using various heavy metals and organic compounds as toxicants. Except in the cases of the pesticides tested, the sensitivity of this organism to chemical toxicants compared well with that reported for various fish and other invertebrate species. In addition, L. variegatus exhibited highly visible sublethal responses, such as color changes and fragmentation, to many of the chemicals tested. Lumbriculus variegatus can be cultured under laboratory conditions with little effort.

    Keywords:

    aquatic toxicology, oligochaete, Lumbriculus variegatus, heavy metals, munitions compounds, pesticides, bioassay, invertebrate, toxicity


    Author Information:

    Bailey, HC
    Fisheries biologist and manager, Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory, SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif.

    Liu, DHW
    Fisheries biologist and manager, Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory, SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif.


    Paper ID: STP27418S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E35.30

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27418S


    CrossRef ASTM International is a member of CrossRef.