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Concerning aquatic short-term toxicity effects of 2-phenoxyethanol, tests for representatives of each trophic level (fish, Daphnia, algae) are available. The test results presented hereby confirmed that the toxicity profile of 2-phenoxyethanol for aquatic species is of low concern. The most sensitive species were fish (Pimephales promelas, LC50 of 344 mg/L).

Also long-term toxicity data are available for all three trophic levels (fish, Daphnia, algae) in tests with 2-phenoxyethanol. The most sensitive species were daphnids with a NOEC value of 9.43 mg/L (reproduction).