A phototaxis inhibition assay using barnacle larvae

Shiu Sun Rudolf WU, P. K. S. LAM, B. S. ZHOU

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The effects of sublethal concentrations of phenol and cadmium on the phototactic responses of the stage II nauplii of the barnacle Balanus amphitrite were investigated. Increased toxicant concentrations caused a reduction in phototactic responses. Balanus amphitrite nauplii exposed to nominal phenol concentrations of 100 ppm and higher for 1-12 h failed to exhibit phototactic responses, while longer exposure times of 24 and 48 h reduced the lowest observable effect concentration (LOECs) to 80 and 60 ppm, respectively. For cadmium, the LOECs, based on nominal concentrations, for B. amphitrite following 1, 6, 12, 24, and 48 h exposures were 20, 4.5, 4.0, 1, and 0.75 ppm, respectively. The LOECs can be significantly reduced by increasing the duration of exposure to the toxicants. A good relationship exists between the phototactic response and toxicant concentration as well as exposure time. Results of this study indicate that the toxicant-induced reduction in phototactic responses of barnacle larvae can be used in a sensitive, rapid screening test for ecotoxicological assessments. Copyright © 1997 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-236
JournalEnvironmental Toxicology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


Wu, R. S. S., Lam, P. K. S., & Zhou, B. S. (1997). A phototaxis inhibition assay using barnacle larvae. Environmental Toxicology, 12(3), 231-236. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-2256(1997)12:3<231::AID-TOX5>3.0.CO;2-9


  • Phototactic response
  • Phototaxis
  • Larvae
  • Screening test
  • Barnacle
  • Phenol
  • Cadmium


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