Accession Number : ADA017921
Title : Effects of Crude Oil on Marine Invertebrates.
Descriptive Note : Final rept.,
Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON MARINE BIOMEDICAL INST
Personal Author(s) : Kittredge,James S.
Report Date : 26 AUG 1975
Pagination or Media Count : 7
Abstract : Laboratory studies indicate that the aliphatic hydrocarbon compounds are not harmful to adult crabs. The monoaromatic hydrocarbons can inhibit behavior that is dependent on chemoreception, but the effect is transient. The polyaromatic hydrocarbon compounds are the potentially dangerous component of oil pollution. Since crustacea and many other species of marine organisms depend on chemoreception not only for locating food sources, but also for detecting predators, finding sexual partners and for locating a suitable niche, inhibition of chemoreception by sublethal amounts of hydrocarbon pollution may drastically limit the productivity of a marine habitat.
Descriptors : *Oil pollution, *Hydrocarbons, *Crabs, *Aquatic animals, Crustacea, Shellfish, Invertebrates, Marine biology, Behavior, Chemoreceptors, Water pollution, Bioassay, Experimental data
Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography
Water Pollution and Control
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE