Histological Changes in Lobsters (Homarus americanus) Exposed to Yellow Phosphorus

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Science  30 Jun 1972:
Vol. 176, Issue 4042, pp. 1434-1435
DOI: 10.1126/science.176.4042.1434


An industrial discharge of yellow phosphorus killed fish and crustaceans in Long Harbor, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, in 1969. During subsequent toxicity studies various organs from lobsters killed by exposure to suspensions of yellow phosphorus were examined for histological damage. Anitennal gland and hepatopancreas both showed degenerative changes, and cellular damnage in the latter was extensive.

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