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The culture of benthic polychaetes and harpacticoid copepods on agar
George, J.D. (1976). The culture of benthic polychaetes and harpacticoid copepods on agar, in: Persoone, G. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 10th European Symposium on Marine Biology, Ostend, Belgium, Sept. 17-23, 1975: 1. Research in mariculture at laboratory- and pilot scale. pp. 143-159
In: Persoone, G.; Jaspers, E. (Ed.) (1976). Proceedings of the 10th European Symposium on Marine Biology, Ostend, Belgium, Sept. 17-23, 1975: 1. Research in mariculture at laboratory- and pilot scale. IZWO: Wetteren. ISBN 90-6281-001-2. 620 pp., more

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  • George, J.D.

Abstract
    A method is described whereby it has been possible to rear a capitellid polychaete, Capitellides ( = Capitella) giardi Mesnil, and a new species of laophontid harpacticoid, Microlaophonte sp., through many generations. Cultures were maintained on a layer of agar in clear polystyrene containers with the minimum attention. No decrease in viability of the populations was observed over a three year period. It has been possible to elucidate the life history of both species and to make many useful behavioural observations. The effects of temperature and salinity on the growth and mortality of the polychaete have been studied in detail.

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