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Journal of Toxicology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 576496, 6 pages
Research Article

Analysis and Determination of Trace Metals (Nickel, Cadmium, Chromium, and Lead) in Tissues of Pampus argenteus and Platycephalus indicus in the Hara Reserve, Iran

1Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran
2Addiction Research Centre, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

Received 9 May 2014; Accepted 23 June 2014; Published 10 July 2014

Academic Editor: Steven J. Bursian

Copyright © 2014 Sahar Mohammadnabizadeh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The accumulations of Cd, Ni, Pb, and Cr were measured in muscle, gill, kidney, and liver of Platycephalus indicus and Pampus argenteus. Our results indicated that all metals were found to be the highest in tissues in P. indicus (benthic species). Except Ni in P. indicus, concentrations of metals and bioaccumulation factor were in the following sequence: liver > kidney > gill > muscle. The data revealed that there is a significant negative correlation between concentrations of metals and size and age factors. The Ni and Cr levels in the muscles were higher than the maximum acceptable limit recommended by WHO and FEPA. Similarly, the concentration of Pb measured in P. indicus muscle exceeded the FAO standard limit.