The structure and state of the reproductive system were studied in the periwinkles Littorina brevicula and L. mandshurica from the coastal area of Vladivostok and in the dogwhelk Nucella heyseana from the protected area of Vostok Bay and from contaminated sites in Amursky Bay. These species were investigated for the presence of imposex and intersex (pathological changes caused by endocrine disruption under the influence of toxic substances). The pathological changes revealed in the gonads of Littorina were oocyte resorption and lipofuscin accumulation; an intersex condition was not found. Imposex specimens (with penis formation) were found among Nucella females from Amursky Bay. The relative penis length in females was 25% of the penis length in males. This kind of pathology was not found in Nucella from clean waters of Vostok Bay.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 23, 2007
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