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Title: Trace metal levels in sandy beach Polychaetes of Monterey Bay, California
Student Author(s): Shotwell, W. Allen
Faculty Advisor(s): Martin, John
Pages: 27
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1972
Keywords: sandy beaches
Abstract: There is evidence to suggest accumulation of nickel in Travisia gigas. Copper is accumulated on Nephtys californiensis, Euzonas mucronata and Nerinides acuta. Accumulation of zinc takes place in N. californiensis, E. dillonensis and N. acuta. Lead accumulation seems to take place in E. mucronata. This study show that zinc and copper are in consistently high levels in the worms as opposed to the sand and this may suggest some use by the worms such as a metallo-enzyme.