Eggshell Thinning in Japanese Quail Fed Mercuric Chloride

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Science  10 Sep 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 4001, pp. 1030-1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.4001.1030


The eggs produced by developing Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) fed 1 to 8 parts of mercury per million as mercuric chloride for 10 weeks have thinned shells. Total amounts of mercury in tissues were quite proportional to the dosage and were higher in males than in females. Methylation of mercury was not observed.