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Short-term toxicity to fish

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Description of key information

Leopomis macrochirus.  96hr LC50 >10,000mg/l (protocol: no data)
Menidia sp. 96hr LC50 >10,000mg/l (protocol: no data)
Leuciscus melanotus. 48hr LC0 >10,000mg/l (protocol: no data)
Poecilia reticulata. 7 day LC50 229mmol/l (protocol. no data)
Oncorhynchus mykiss 96hr LC50 =16,000mg/l (protocol: no data)
Oncorhynchus mykiss 96hr LC50 >16,000mg/l (protocol: OECD 203)

Key value for chemical safety assessment

LC50 for freshwater fish:
10 000 mg/L
LC50 for marine water fish:
10 000 mg/L

Additional information

A number of studies have been carried out using multiple species, both fresh and salt water. One study in two species is sufficiently well reported to judge it as reliable and this is used to derive the key parameters. All the other available experimental studies, whilst not individually robust, report data that is consistent with the key study and provide strong evidence that methoxyethanol is practically non-toxic to fish over the acute timeframe. The measured data is consistent with the QSA information that predicts an LC50 of 21.2g/l for freshwater fish and 36.7g/l for saltwater fish.