Toxic metal (Pb, Cd, Cr, and Hg) levels in Rapana venosa (Valenciennes, 1846), Eriphia verrucosa (Forskal, 1775), and sediment samples from the Black Sea littoral (Thrace, Turkey)

Mulayim A. , Ballus H.

MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, vol.95, no.1, pp.215-222, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 95 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.04.016
  • Page Numbers: pp.215-222
  • Keywords: Black Sea, Toxic metals, Sediment, Rapana venosa, Eriphia verrucosa, HEAVY-METALS, SURFACE SEDIMENTS, TURKISH COAST, POLLUTION, CONTAMINATION, ORGANISMS, SHELF, WATER, FISH


Rapana venosa (Valenciennes, 1846) and Eriphia verrucosa (Forskal, 1775) are the dominant benthic invertebrate species along the Thrace Coast of the western Black Sea. The aim of this study was to determine toxic metal (Hg, Cr, Cd, and Pb) accumulation levels in these species, as well as within littoral sediments from this area. Our results showed that all of the metals, except for Cd, were below that in average shale. The measured accumulation levels were mostly within the range of what is naturally found within the earth's crust. However, some study stations did have increased concentrations, indicating anthropogenic pollution in these areas.