Echinoderms and oil pollution: A potential stress assay using bacterial symbionts

L C Newton, J D McKenzie

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pollution is a problem in the North Sea. Important sources of oil pollution are spills and drill cutting. Echinoderms are a major component of the macrobenthos in the North Sea (and elsewhere). They tend to be very sensitive to various types of marine pollution, Many species of echinoderms contain symbiotic sub-cuticular bacteria (SCB). The response of Amphiura filiformis, A., chiajei and Ophiothrix fragilis, all of which contain SCB, to oil pollution was studied in laboratory experiments, mesocosms and in the field. Sublethal stress was monitored by examining changes in the tissue loading of SCB. When subjected to hydrocarbon insult, there was a decline in the number of SCB. The potential use of SCB abundance to detect sublethal stress is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-456
Number of pages4
Issue number4-12
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Environmental Sciences
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology


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