Tolerance to Environmental Contaminants in the Mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus

@article{Weis2002ToleranceTE,
  title={Tolerance to Environmental Contaminants in the Mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus},
  author={Judith S. Weis},
  journal={Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={8},
  pages={933 - 953}
}
  • J. Weis
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Environmental Science
  • Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal
Mummichogs or killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) are abundant estuarine fish that can tolerate widely varying environmental conditions. They are found in some highly contaminated sites, and their development of tolerance to toxicants has been studied. Populations have developed resistance to methylmercury, kepone, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. This article describes what is known about their tolerance, and discusses similarities and differences among these… 

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