Populations of two species of small mammal, the field vole (Microtus agrestis L.) and the bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus L.), inhabiting grasslands contaminated by industrial sources of fluoride were examined for fluoride concentrations in skeletal tissue and for morphological changes in the teeth. Concentrations of fluoride in teeth and bones were higher for C. glareolus than for M. agrestis at the chemical works and smelter sites. Severe dental lesions were recorded on the incisor and molar teeth of both species at the chemical works and smelter sites, with less marked damage at the mine tailings dam. This is attributed to inter-site differences in fluoride speciation and the consequent effects on the availability of fluoride in the diet for bioassimilation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis