The Levels of Toxic Metals in Blue Crab Portunus segnis from Persian Gulf | OMICS International | Abstract
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Research Article

The Levels of Toxic Metals in Blue Crab Portunus segnis from Persian Gulf

Mehdi Hosseini1*, Seyed Mohammad Bagher Nabavi2 Jamileh Pazooki1 and Yaghoob Parsa2

1Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Biological Science, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Science, Khoramshahr University of Marine Science and Technology, Iran

*Corresponding Author:
Mehdi Hosseini
Department of Marine Biology
Faculty of Biological Science
Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
Tel: +98 21 29901
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 01, 2013; Accepted date: January 21, 2014; Published date: January 28, 2014

Citation: Hosseini M, Nabavi SMB, Pazooki J, Parsa Y (2014) The Levels of Toxic Metals in Blue Crab Portunus segnis from Persian Gulf. J Marine Sci Res Dev 4:145. doi:10.4172/2155-9910.1000145

Copyright: © 2014 Hosseini M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Levels of heavy metals Ni, Co, Cd and Pb( in muscle, gill and hepatopancreas of blue swimming crab P. segnis and relationship with its food source from Persian Gulf, were investigated. In this study, there was a direct relationship between heavy metals levels in tissues crabs with organisms that feeding on them. Female crabs feed on plant and detritus and are close to bottom sediment and receive more sediment associated metals. Also, there was a positive correlation between metal concentrations in tissues with size of food items. Heavy metal concentrations were highest in female hepatopancreas whereas lowest in the muscle of all crab species. From the human consumption point of view, Heavy metals concentrations were below the admissible limits except for hepatopancreas of female crabs. Thus, precautions should be taken on account of higher content of metals as well as in other organs that could be affected by industrial pollution.