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Microplastics in Talitrus saltator (Crustacea, Amphipoda): new evidence of ingestion from natural contexts

Authors
  • Iannilli, Valentina1
  • Di Gennaro, Alessia1
  • Lecce, Francesca1
  • Sighicelli, Maria1
  • Falconieri, Mauro1
  • Pietrelli, Loris1
  • Poeta, Gianluca2
  • Battisti, Corrado3
  • 1 ENEA C.R. Casaccia, via Anguillarese, 301, Rome, 00123, Italy , Rome (Italy)
  • 2 University of Rome III, Department of Sciences, viale Marconi, 446, Rome, 00146, Italy , Rome (Italy)
  • 3 Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, ‘Torre Flavia’ LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) Station, Protected Areas – Regional Parks Service, via Tiburtina, 691, Rome, 00159, Italy , Rome (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 14, 2018
Volume
25
Issue
28
Pages
28725–28729
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-2932-z
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) measurements and comparing the spectrum peaks (range 4000–600 cm−1) with reference spectra database and instrument libraries, we observed new evidence of the ingestion of microplastic particles analyzing the digestive tracts of Talitrus saltator. Specimens, sampled in central Italy, probably ingested the particles with natural detritus. Since worldwide many species of invertebrates and vertebrates (e.g., birds) feed on Amphipoda along coastal ecosystems, we hypothesized that microplastic in these crustaceans can be accumulated along the food chain.

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