Participation of water deer (Hydropotes inermis argyropus) in mercury transport in the ecosystem of Southern Primorye
Keywords:aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, total mercury concentration, Hydropotes inermis argyropus
We present the first opportunity to study mercury in the fur of a water deer that recently entered Russia.13 samples from 7 animals (fur was taken from the back and belly) were collected similarly to the World Health Organization recommendations for humans. The mean concentration of total mercury in the fur of water deer was 0.01 ± 0.003 mg/kg, which roughly coincides with the mercury in the fur of other herbivorous animals. For a more accurate assessment, it is necessary to obtain data for other deers in the study region.
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