Toxicity in Tilapia zilli and Clarias lazera (Pisces) induced by zinc, seasonally

Comp Biochem Physiol C Comp Pharmacol Toxicol. 1987;86(2):263-5. doi: 10.1016/0742-8413(87)90077-6.


Subadult teleosts, Tilapia zilli and Clarias lazera, were exposed in laboratory bioassays to lethal and sublethal concentrations of zinc, seasonally (at range of temperature between 9.3 +/- 1.5 and 25 +/- 1 degree C). It appears that Tilapia is more susceptible to Zn than Clarias and both species are more resistant to Zn toxicity at lower temperature (during winter). To determine the uptake and tissue distribution of Zn in the two species, gill, liver and muscles were analysed at moderate temperature (during spring). After a 96 hr exposure period, Zn was decreased in the following order: gill greater than liver greater than muscle.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / drug effects
  • Fishes / physiology*
  • Gills / metabolism
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Muscles / metabolism
  • Seasons*
  • Zinc / metabolism
  • Zinc / toxicity*


  • Zinc