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Accumulation of copper and other elements by the apple snail Pomacea canaliculata.


Heavy metal pollution is now prevalent in almost all aquatic ecosystems and will eventually affect human health. There is, then, a need to monitor the presence of these heavy metals. Studies have shown that Pomacea canaliculata is a potential biomonitor of heavy metals in freshwater ecosystems because of its ability to bioaccumulate a wide array of elements and because it is a better accumulator than some of the other organisms considered. Studies of bioaccumulation by P. canaliculata are reviewed.