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Effects of the Pyrethroid Esfenvalerate on the Oligochaete, Lumbriculus variegatus

Rosa, R., Bordalo, M. D., Soares, A. M. V. M., Pestana, J. L. T.
Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology 2016 v.96 no.4 pp. 438-442
Lumbriculus variegatus, aquatic invertebrates, biomass, esfenvalerate, fish, laboratory experimentation, lethal concentration 50, neurotoxicity, nontarget organisms, pyrethrins, reproduction
Esfenvalerate is a neurotoxic pyrethroid insecticide widely used for agricultural and residential purposes and is considered toxic to nontarget organisms such as fish and aquatic invertebrates. In this study, we evaluated the toxicity of esfenvalerate on the aquatic oligochaete Lumbriculus variegatus. In the acute test, organisms showed visible signs of stress but no LC₅₀ value could be determined. In the 28-day chronic test, a significant decrease in reproduction was observed with a NOEC value of 0.25 µg/kg and a LOEC value of 2.34 µg/kg. As for biomass per worm, a significant decrease was also observed with a NOEC value of 2.34 µg/kg and a LOEC value of 36.36 µg/kg. Reproductive impairment and reductions in biomass of L. variegatus exposed to environmentally realistic concentrations of esfenvalerate observed in laboratory tests suggests potential deleterious effects of this pyrethroid on oligochaete natural populations.