Batista D.,Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro |
Batista D.,Institute Estudos do Mar Paulo Almirante Moreira |
Tellini K.,Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro |
Nudi A.H.,Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro |
And 3 more authors.
Marine Environmental Research | Year: 2013
The present study evaluates the potential of Hymeniacidon heliophila as bioindicator of PAH contamination. For this, concentration of 33 PAH was determined in organisms from sites with different contamination level including the heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, and less impacted coastal areas. PAH concentration and typology were determined in sponges collected from different depths and in two different seasons. The brown mussel broadly studied as bioindicator was also sampled from the same sites for comparison. Both species provided similar information on total PAH concentration which is related to site contamination level. Sponges, however, revealed slight tendency to accumulation of combustion-derived PAH in relation to petrogenic compounds. Differences in PAH typology between species may derive from the interspecific variation in particle size ingestion. Different hydrocarbon typologies were observed in sponges from dry and wet season and PAH concentration varied with depth. H. heliophila may be used as an alternative approach to investigate the presence and sources of PAH in estuarine areas. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.