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Comparison between alluminium bioaccumulation in samples of the Muscovy duck Cairina moschata (Aves: Anatidae) from the city and the country
expand article infoFrancesco Giuseppe Galluzzo, Valentina Cumbo, Gaetano Cammilleri, Andrea Macaluso, Gianluigi Maria Lo Dico, Antonio Vella, Vincenzo Ferrantelli, Salvatore Seminara
‡ Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
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Cairina moschata (Linnaeus, 1758) is an anatid originating from South America, easily adapted to the European climate. In this work, we used blood and feathers samples from living individuals to evaluate the bioaccumulation of aluminum. The determination was performed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). The analysis was conducted in the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia with validated methods (accredited by ACCREDIA) for biodiversity monitoring and analysis of fauna samples. We tested 20 individuals of C. moschata, ten samples coming from a park in the city center of Palermo (Southern Italy, Parco D'Orleans) and ten from the field of Monreale (PA). Field samples showed a higher level of aluminum than city samples. Al median value determined in blood was ±4,27259 ppm and ±2,61815 ppm respectively for city and Monreale. In feathers, median value was ± 402,24218 for samples collected in city and ±1260,75603 for samples collected in Monreale. Despite our expectations, concentration levels were higher in countryside than in a park in the center city. This is probably due to the fact that the individuals that live in nature attend the reservoirs where pollutants are poured.


Anatid, aluminum, bioaccumulation, Cairina moschata

Presenting author

Francesco Giuseppe Galluzzo

Presented at

Vth International Congress on Biodiversity: „Taxonomy, Speciation and Euro-Mediterranean Biodiversity“

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.