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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons affect survival and development of common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) embryos and hatchlings

Abstract

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are toxic compounds found in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We assessed the impact of PAHs and crude oil on snapping turtle development and behavior by exposing snapping turtle eggs from the Refuge and from three clean reference sites to individual PAHs or a crude oil mixture at stage 9 of embryonic development. Exposure to PAHs had a significant effect on survival rates in embryos from one clean reference site, but not in embryos from the other sites. There was a positive linear relationship between level of exposure to PAHs and severity of deformities in embryos collected from two of the clean reference sites. Neither righting response nor upper temperature tolerance (critical thermal maximum, CTM) of snapping turtle hatchlings with no or minor deformities was significantly affected by exposure to PAHs. - Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the egg reduces survival of snapping turtle embryos and causes developmental abnormalities.
Authors:
Van Meter, Robin J; [1]  Spotila, James R; [1]  Avery, Harold W [1] 
  1. School of Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy and Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States)
Publication Date:
Aug 15, 2006
Product Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Pollution (1987); Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2005.10.018; PII: S0269-7491(05)00539-7; Copyright (c) 2005 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; EGGS; EMBRYOS; ONTOGENESIS; PENNSYLVANIA; PETROLEUM; POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS; TERATOGENESIS; TURTLES
OSTI ID:
20775895
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0269-7491; ENPOEK; TRN: GB06R1451080078
Submitting Site:
GBN
Size:
page(s) 466-475
Announcement Date:
Oct 14, 2006

Citation Formats

Van Meter, Robin J, Spotila, James R, and Avery, Harold W. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons affect survival and development of common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) embryos and hatchlings. United Kingdom: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2005.10.018.
Van Meter, Robin J, Spotila, James R, & Avery, Harold W. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons affect survival and development of common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) embryos and hatchlings. United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2005.10.018.
Van Meter, Robin J, Spotila, James R, and Avery, Harold W. 2006. "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons affect survival and development of common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) embryos and hatchlings." United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2005.10.018. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1016/j.envpol.2005.10.018.
@misc{etde_20775895,
title = {Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons affect survival and development of common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) embryos and hatchlings}
author = {Van Meter, Robin J, Spotila, James R, and Avery, Harold W}
abstractNote = {Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are toxic compounds found in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We assessed the impact of PAHs and crude oil on snapping turtle development and behavior by exposing snapping turtle eggs from the Refuge and from three clean reference sites to individual PAHs or a crude oil mixture at stage 9 of embryonic development. Exposure to PAHs had a significant effect on survival rates in embryos from one clean reference site, but not in embryos from the other sites. There was a positive linear relationship between level of exposure to PAHs and severity of deformities in embryos collected from two of the clean reference sites. Neither righting response nor upper temperature tolerance (critical thermal maximum, CTM) of snapping turtle hatchlings with no or minor deformities was significantly affected by exposure to PAHs. - Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the egg reduces survival of snapping turtle embryos and causes developmental abnormalities.}
doi = {10.1016/j.envpol.2005.10.018}
journal = {Environmental Pollution (1987)}
issue = {3}
volume = {142}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {2006}
month = {Aug}
}