A Cross-Taxa Survey of Organochlorine Pesticide Contamination in a Costa Rican Wildland

Given Harper, J. A. Klemens, M. L. Weiland, V. J. Flanagin, J. A. Frick, R. G. Harper

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Amphibians, turtles, birds (mostly passerines) and mice collected from a conservation area in northwestern Costa Rica were analyzed for organochlorine (OC) pesticide contamination. Six of 39 amphibians (three of eight species), three of six turtles (two species), one of eight mice (one species) and 19 of 55 birds (five of seven species) contained OCs at levels up to 580 ng/g. The most frequently detected compound in 23 of 108 organisms was p,p′DDE. Dieldrin, delta-BHC, heptachlor, p,p′DDD, and endosulfan II were each found in at least four organisms, while eight other OCs were found in at least one organism. The presence of OCs in taxa from the conservation area indicates the likelihood of long-distance transport of such compounds through the atmosphere.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • Costa Rica
  • Amphibians
  • Turtles
  • Mice
  • Birds
  • Organochlorine
  • pesticides


  • Animal Sciences
  • Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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