Bioaccumulation of some elements in the millipede Glomeris hexasticha (Brandt, 1833) (Diplopoda, Glomerida)
Kania G., Lechowski J.
Millipedes are soil invertebrates participating in the decomposition of leaf litter. Previous studies indicated that soil invertebrates were useful in the environmental pollution research dedicated to the content and accumulation of heavy metals. The aim of the present study was to compare the content of some elements in bodies of adult millipedes Glomeris hexasticha (Brandt, 1833) collected from a more polluted town called Jaworzno in Upper Silesia, Southern Poland, and from the less polluted Lublin area, Eastern Poland. The content of elements was determined with the ICP method on a VISTA MPX Varian spectrometer. The concentrations of elements in the millipedes from Jaworzno appeared in the following decreasing order: Ca, P, S, Mg, K, Na, Fe, Al, Zn, Cu, Mn, Pb, B, Cr, Cd and Ni, compared to the Lublin area: Ca, P, K, Mg, S, Na, Fe, Al, Cu, Zn, Mn, Pb, B, Cr, Cd and Ni. It was confirmed that the elements such as Al, Zn, Mn, Cr, Cd and Ni in Glomeris hexasticha from Jaworzno were in higher concentrations than in specimens from the Lublin area. Reveresly, millipedes collected from the Lublin area contained higher concentrations of Ca, P, K, Mg, Na, Fe, Cu and B than those from Jaworzno. The results show that differences in the content and distribution of some elements at two locations with different levels of environmental pollution were clearly reflected in bodies of the millipede G. hexasticha.
Kania G., Lechowski J. 2014. Bioaccumulation of some elements in the millipede Glomeris hexasticha (Brandt, 1833) (Diplopoda, Glomerida). J. Elem., 19(1): 155 - 164, DOI: 10.5601/jelem.2014.19.1.595
elements, contamination, millipedes, Glomeris hexasticha