Hexagenia rigida (ephemeroptera) as a biological model in aquatic ecotoxicology: experimental studies on mercury transfers from sediment.

The accumulation of two mercury compounds--HgCl(2) and CH(3)HgCl--by Hexagenia rigida (burrowing mayfly nymphs) from contaminated sediments was investigated experimentally. Three exposure periods were selected: 7, 14 and 28 days. Results reveal a high capacity of this species for Hg accumulation and considerable differences between the two chemical forms of… CONTINUE READING