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Detection of Heavy Metals in Three Micro-Bat Species from Central and Northern Punjab

Detection of Heavy Metals in Three Micro-Bat Species from Central and Northern Punjab

Shagufta Nighat1, Muhammad Sajid Nadeem1,*, Syed Israr Shah1, Amber Khalid1, Tariq Mahmood2, Ayesha Aihetasham3 and Muhammad Asif4

1Department of Zoology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
2Department of Wildlife Management, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
3Department of Zoology, University of the Punjab, Lahore
4Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Islamabad

*     Corresponding author: sajidnm@uaar.edu.p

 

ABSTRACT

 Metals are elevating in the environment due to rapid industrialization, and other activities like, combustion of fuel, processing of metals, coal mining, automobile, lead-acid batteries, and building material.Toxic metals are bio-accumulated by insectivorous bats due to their foraging habits and high trophic level. There is a growing interest on the conservation of bats throughout the world as they play an important role in controlling insect population. We measured cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu) lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) concentrations in bat tissues through atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Our findings showed that metals were more concentrated in the liver and kidneys, Zn and Pb showed high mean values as compared to other metals but these values were below the lethal levels. Within the regions and sexes no significant variations were found in metal concentrations; however within three bat species metal concentrations varied significantly. This study provides baseline data for future comparisons and management of bats and metal concentrations in environment.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 50, Iss. 6, Pages 1999-2398

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