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Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia

On-line version ISSN 0718-686X

Abstract

ANDRADE, Claudia  and  OVANDO, Fernanda. First record of microplastics in stomach content of the southern king crab Lithodes santolla (Anomura: Lithodidae), Nassau bay, Cape Horn, Chile. Anales Instituto Patagonia (Chile) [online]. 2017, vol.45, n.3, pp.59-65. ISSN 0718-686X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-686X2017000300059.

This study reports the first record of microplastics in the stomach contents of the king crab Lithodes santolla. Samples were collected in Nassau Bay during September 2017. Plastics ingested belonged to small microplastics between 3.0 and more than 20 mm long having mainly blue color. Their frequency of occurrence in stomachs was 27%. The microplastic ingestion by L. santolla may present not only a risk for the species self, also for other trophic levels in the food web.

Keywords : plastic fibers; crustacean; ingestion; marine pollution; Subantarctic.

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