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Tolerance of the lugworm (Arenicola marina) to sulphide
Groenendaal, M.M. (1980). Tolerance of the lugworm (Arenicola marina) to sulphide. Neth. J. Sea Res. 14(2): 200-207
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Groenendaal, M.M.

    The tolerance of different weight classes of Arenicola marina to sulphide solutions (sea water, 0,01 M sulphide, pH 7.7 to 8.4, 10°C) was determined. The conditions of incubation were shown to be very important, especially for reference groups (without sulphide) under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. To prevent artefacts a large incubation volume is needed, and the addition of antibiotics or buffer is suggested. The composition of sulphide media was less critical in this respect. The smallest animals had the lowest tolerance for sulphide. Worms of less than 0,05g did not survive for 30 hours, while worms of more than 2 g survived for 90 hours or longer. The tolerance of Arenicola marina does not deviate from that of some other marine polychaetes.

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