Exposure to domoic acid affects larval development of the king scallop Pecten maximus.

Hui Liu, Maeve Kelly, Dirk A Campbell, S L Dong, J X Zhu, S F Wang

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Domoic acid (DA) is a highly toxic phycotoxin produced by bloom forming marine diatoms Pseudo-nitzschia spp. Bivalves can accumulate this toxin to a high level through their feeding activities, and thus illness or death in can occur in consumers of bivalves. In this study, king scallop, Pecten maximus, larvae were exposed to dissolved domoic acid (DA) for 25 d, and the toxin accumulation and effects of harbouring this toxin were investigated. Scallop larvae incorporated DA continuously during the larval culture period and accumulated a maximum DA level of 5.21 pg ind(-1) when exposed to a solution of 50 ng ml(-1) dissolved DA. As a result of the DA treatment, larval growth, measured in terms of shell length and the appearance of the eye-spot, and larval survival were significantly compromised. This is the first study on DA incorporation dynamics in P. maximus larvae, signifying the potential of using shellfish larvae for the study on mechanisms of phycotoxin accumulation. The negative effect of DA exposure suggests that this toxin could possibly influence natural recruitment in P. maximus, and it may be necessary to protect hatchery-cultured scallop larvae from DA during toxic Pseudo-nitzschia blooms. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • Toxicology

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