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CORREIA, LÍVIA O.; SIQUEIRA JUNIOR, SÉRGIO; CARNEIRO, PAULO L.S.  and  BEZERRA, MARCOS A.. Evaluation of the use of Leptodactylus ocellatus (Anura: Leptodactylidae) frog tissues as bioindicator of metal contamination in Contas River, Northeastern Brazil. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2014, vol.86, n.4, pp.1549-1561.  Epub Oct 24, 2014. ISSN 0001-3765.

This paper presents a study on the viability of the use of tissues of the Leptodactylus ocellatus species (Anura Leptodactylidae) as a bioindicator of metal pollution. The study is based on the determination and correlation of the concentrations of manganese, chromium, zinc, nickel, copper and iron in sediments and tissues (skin, muscles and viscera) of the frog Leptodactylus ocellatus collected in the middle region of the Contas River in Bahia, Brazil. The highest levels of the metals studied were found in the viscera of this animal. In this tissue, a higher correlation of the concentration of these metals with those found in sediments was also observed. The concentrations of elements found in the skin and muscles of these amphibians have revealed no correlation with the sediment where they were collected. According to the results obtained, the viscera of the L. ocellatus species presents itself as a good bioindicator of contamination by the metals studied.

Keywords : Leptodactylus ocellatus; bioindicators; sediments; metals; Contas River.

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