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Species composition and diversity of free-living Plathelminthes (Turbellaria) from sandy beaches at the Belgian coast
Jouk, P.; Schockaert, E. (2002). Species composition and diversity of free-living Plathelminthes (Turbellaria) from sandy beaches at the Belgian coast, in: Peeters, M. et al. (Ed.) (2002). Belgian Fauna and Alien Species: Verhandelingen van het Symposium Status en Trends van de Belgische Fauna met bijzondere aandacht voor uitheemse soorten = Belgian Fauna and Alien Species: Proceedings of the Symposium Status and Trends of the Belgian Fauna with a particular emphasis on alien species. Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Biologie = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Biologie, 72(Suppl.): pp. 35-41
In: Peeters, M.; Van Goethem, J.L. (Ed.) (2002). Belgian Fauna and Alien Species: Verhandelingen van het Symposium Status en Trends van de Belgische Fauna met bijzondere aandacht voor uitheemse soorten = Belgian Fauna and Alien Species: Proceedings of the Symposium Status and Trends of the Belgian Fauna with a particular emphasis on alien species. Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Biologie = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Biologie, 72(Suppl.). Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussel. 297 pp., more
In: Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Biologie = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Biologie. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussel. ISSN 0374-6429, more
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  • Jouk, P.; Schockaert, E. (2002). Species composition and diversity of free-living Plathelminthes (Turbellaria) from sandy beaches at the Belgian coast. Bull. Kon. Belg. Inst. Natuurwet. Biologie 72(Suppl.): 35-41, more
  • Jouk, P.; Schockaert, E. (2002). Species composition and diversity of free-living Plathelminthes (Turbellaria) from sandy beaches at the Belgian coast, in: (2002). VLIZ Coll. Rep. 32(2002). VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders, 32: pp. chapter 24, more

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Keywords
    Beaches; Check lists; Coastal zone; Sandy soils; Species diversity; Species diversity; Platyhelminthes [WoRMS]; Turbellaria [WoRMS]; ANE, Belgium [gazetteer]; ANE, Belgium, Zwin [gazetteer]; Belgium, Belgian Coast [gazetteer]; Belgium, Het Zwin natuurreservaat; Marine

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Abstract
    Ten sandy beaches at the Belgian coast were sampled monthly on a qualitative basis. Six of them were also sampled quantitatively every two months. In total, 130 species were encountered, 38% of them occur only in 1 or 2 localities, 32% have a more general distribution (in 3 to 7 localities) and 30% are found in at least 8 localities, Schizorhynchia generally from the dominat taxon in number of species, followed by the Proseriata. In Knokke and Het Zwin, equal numbers of species were found for both taxa. Mariakerke, Bredene, Knokke and Het Zwin have the most diverse turbellarian fauna's, with the lowest dominance ratio's. In the semi-exposed beach of Oostende the fauna is slightly less diverse, dominated by a few species, while the sheltered beach in Heist clearly has the least diverse fauna, strongly dominated by one species, Archilopsis arenaria.

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