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The fauna and chemical composition of some athalassic saline waters in New Zealand
Bayly, I.A.E. (1967). The fauna and chemical composition of some athalassic saline waters in New Zealand. N.Z. J. Mar. Freshwat. Res. 1(2): 105-117
In: New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. Royal Society of New Zealand: Wellington. ISSN 0028-8330, more
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  • Bayly, I.A.E.

Abstract
    The fauna and chemical composition of two athalassic saline waters located near central Otago are discussed, and available rainfall and evaporation data for the region summarised. One water (dominated by Na and Cl) had a salinity of 15%o and contained the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis, the copepod Microcyclops monacanthus, the ostracod Diacypris, and larvae of the dipteran Ephydrella. The second water (dominated by Na and HCO3) had a salinity of 6%o and contained larvae of Ephydrella (adults of E. novaezealandiae occurred on the shore), and the hemipterans Sigara arguta, Anisops wakefieldi and Anisops assimilis. The relationship between Microcyclops monacanthus and M. arnaudi (an Australian species), and the basis of their current taxonomic separation is discussed in some detail. At a minimum, the faunas of Australian and New Zealand athalassic saline waters have in common the following distinctive (non-cosmopolitan) forms: Ephydrella, Diacypris, and two closely related halobiont species of Microcyclops.

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