Environmental-friendly contamination assessment of habitats based on the trace element content of dragonfly exuviae

Edina Simon, Béla Tóthmérész, Olga Kis, Tibor Jakab, Petra Éva Szalay, András Vincze, Edina Baranyai, Sándor Harangi, Margit Miskolczi, György Dévai

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We tested the usefulness of exuviae as an environmentally friendly method for exploring the variability of the trace element contents of protected insect populations without killing specimens. It is a notable characteristic of dragonflies that they are good ecological indicators for both aquatic and terrestrial habitat quality. Thus, we investigated the trace element accumulation in different stages of dragonflies: larva, exuvia, and adult. Using microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometry (MP-AES), we analysed the concentrations of Al, Ba, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb, Sr and Zn. We found that the trace element contents of exuviae are a good proxy of the trace element contents of both the larvae and the adults. We conclude that exuvia is useful for assessing the environmental health of aquatic ecosystems. It is an environmentally friendly method and it can be used even in the case of protected dragonfly species.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2200
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019

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Odonata
biological assessment
dragonfly
Anisoptera (Odonata)
Trace Elements
integument
environmental pollution
habitat
Ecosystem
trace elements
Contamination
exuvium
trace element
Larva
larva
Aquatic ecosystems
Environmental Health
larvae
atomic absorption spectrometry
Proxy

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Exuviae
  • Larvae
  • Non-invasive tissue analysis
  • Pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology

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Environmental-friendly contamination assessment of habitats based on the trace element content of dragonfly exuviae. / Simon, Edina; Tóthmérész, Béla; Kis, Olga; Jakab, Tibor; Szalay, Petra Éva; Vincze, András; Baranyai, Edina; Harangi, Sándor; Miskolczi, Margit; Dévai, György.

In: Water (Switzerland), Vol. 11, No. 11, 2200, 01.11.2019.

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Simon, E, Tóthmérész, B, Kis, O, Jakab, T, Szalay, PÉ, Vincze, A, Baranyai, E, Harangi, S, Miskolczi, M & Dévai, G 2019, 'Environmental-friendly contamination assessment of habitats based on the trace element content of dragonfly exuviae', Water (Switzerland), vol. 11, no. 11, 2200. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112200
Simon, Edina ; Tóthmérész, Béla ; Kis, Olga ; Jakab, Tibor ; Szalay, Petra Éva ; Vincze, András ; Baranyai, Edina ; Harangi, Sándor ; Miskolczi, Margit ; Dévai, György. / Environmental-friendly contamination assessment of habitats based on the trace element content of dragonfly exuviae. In: Water (Switzerland). 2019 ; Vol. 11, No. 11.
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