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26 April 2023 Ingestion of Plastics in a Wild Population of the Pacific Fat Sleeper (Dormitator latifrons)
Fernando Isea-León, Juan Diego Quispe, Alexandra Bermúdez-Medranda, Vanessa Acosta, Ana María Santana-Piñeros, Yanis Cruz-Quintana, Luz Marina Soto, Luciana Gomes-Barbosa, Luis Domínguez-Granda, Carlos López
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Abstract

This is the first report of plastics ingestion by the neotropical fish Dormitator latifrons. The stomach contents of 20 specimens (10 males and 10 females) collected in La Segua wetland (Ecuador) were assessed visually. Frequency of occurrence (FO) of plastics was 50% and the plastic load (PL) was between 5 and 55 particles per individual. Ninety-seven percent of plastic particles found were microplastics (<5.0 mm), and 3% were larger. No significant differences were found in PL between females and males (>0.05). No significant correlation was found between fish size and PL (>0.05). Fibers were the most frequently observed category, and transparent and blue colors were the most abundant. The results suggest high levels of plastic pollution in waters of La Segua wetland that may represent a threat to both the ecosystem and the people who rely on it.

Fernando Isea-León, Juan Diego Quispe, Alexandra Bermúdez-Medranda, Vanessa Acosta, Ana María Santana-Piñeros, Yanis Cruz-Quintana, Luz Marina Soto, Luciana Gomes-Barbosa, Luis Domínguez-Granda, and Carlos López "Ingestion of Plastics in a Wild Population of the Pacific Fat Sleeper (Dormitator latifrons)," Pacific Science 76(4), 377-383, (26 April 2023). https://doi.org/10.2984/76.4.3
Accepted: 18 September 2022; Published: 26 April 2023
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KEYWORDS
Chame
Ecuador
Eleotridae
fishery
La Segua
wetland
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