Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorPedro, Sarapt
dc.contributor.authorXavier, José
dc.contributor.authorTavares, Sílviapt
dc.contributor.authorTrathan, Phil
dc.contributor.authorRatcliffe, Normanpt
dc.contributor.authorPaiva, Vitor
dc.contributor.authorMedeiros, Renatapt
dc.contributor.authorPereira, Eduardapt
dc.contributor.authorPardal, Miguel
dc.description.abstractFeathers have been widely used to assess mercury contamination in birds as they reflect metal concentrations accumulated between successive moult periods: they are also easy to sample and haveminimum impact on the study birds. Moult is considered the major pathway for mercury excretion in seabirds. Penguins are widely believed to undergo a complete, annual moult during which they do not feed. As penguins lose all their feathers, they are expected to have a low individual-variability in feather mercury concentration as all feathers are formed simultaneously fromthe same somatic reserves. This assumption is central to penguin studies that use feathers to examine the annual or among-individual variation in mercury concentrations in penguins. To test this assumption, we measured the mercury concentrations in 3–5 body feathers of 52 gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) breeding atBird Island, South Georgia (54°S 38°W). Twenty-five percent of the penguins studied showed substantial within-individual variation in the amount ofmercury in their feathers (Coefficient of Variation: 34.7–96.7%). This variation may be caused by differences in moult patterns among individuals within the population leading to different interpretations in the overall population. Further investigation is now needed to fully understand individual variation in penguins’
dc.publisherPublic Library of Sciencept
dc.titleFeathers as a tool to assess mercury contamination in gentoo penguins: variations at the individual levelpt
ua.event.titlePLOS ONE
degois.publication.firstPage1 -e0137622pt
degois.publication.lastPage8 - e0137622pt
degois.publication.titlePLoS ONEpt
Appears in Collections:CESAM - Artigos
DQ - Artigos

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Pedro et al. - 2015 - Feathers as a Tool to Assess Mercury Contamination.pdf199.58 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Formato BibTex MendeleyEndnote Degois 

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.