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Heavy metal content in the African giant snail Archachatina marginata (Swainson, 1821) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Achatinidae) in southern Nigeria
 
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Department of Chemistry, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
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Department of Zoology, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
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Department of Chemistry, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria
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Chukwujindu M. A. Iwegbue   

Department of Chemistry, Delta State University , P.M.B 1 Abraka, Nigeria
Submission date: 2007-09-25
Acceptance date: 2007-12-03
Publication date: 2020-06-09
 
Folia Malacol. 2008;16(1):31–34
 
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Heavy metal concentrations in the African giant snail Archachatina marginata (Swainson) from nine localities in southern Nigeria ranged from 0.77 to 7.51 mg kg–1 Pb; 3.06–46.9 mg kg–1 Fe; 0.03–0.40 mg kg–1 Ni; 0.04–0.12 mg kg–1 Cu; 0.71–4.51 mg kg–1 Co; 0.67–1.27 mg kg–1 Mn; 0.99–3.28 mg kg–1 Cd; 0.08–0.22 mg kg–1 Zn; Cr was below the limit of detection. Concentrations of Pb, Fe, Ni, Cu, Co, Cd and Zn in the snail tissue varied significantly (95% confidence limit) between the localities. No significant variation was observed in the concentrations of Cr and Mn. Pb and Cd concentration exceeded the statutory safety limits for these elements in meat. The results indicate a heavy metal pollution of the habitats.
 
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