Acute Toxicity and Sublethal Effects of White Phosphorus in Mute Swans, Cygnus olor

  title={Acute Toxicity and Sublethal Effects of White Phosphorus in Mute Swans, Cygnus olor},
  author={Donald W. Sparling and Daniel D. Day and Patrice N. Klein},
  journal={Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology},
Abstract. Among the waterfowl affected by white phosphorus (P4) at a military base in Alaska are tundra (Cygnus columbianus) and trumpeter (C. buccinator) swans. To estimate the toxicity of P4 to swans and compare the toxic effects to those of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), we dosed 30 juvenile mute swans (C. olor) with 0 to 5.28 mg P4/kg body weight. The calculated LD50 was 3.65 mg/kg (95% CI: 1.40 to 4.68 mg/kg). However, many of the swans still had P4 in their gizzards after dying, as… 

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