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On the ecology of meiofauna in an organically polluted estuarine mudflat
Bouwman, L.A.; Romeyn, K.; Admiraal, W. (1984). On the ecology of meiofauna in an organically polluted estuarine mudflat. Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 19(6): 633-653
In: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Academic Press: London; New York. ISSN 0272-7714, more
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  • Bouwman, L.A.; Romeyn, K.; Admiraal, W. (1983). On the ecology of meiofauna in an organically polluted estuarine mudflat, in: Bouwman, L.A. Systematics, ecology and feeding biology of estuarine nematodes. pp. 128-155, more

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Keywords
    Ecology; Estuaries; Meiobenthos; Mud flats; ANE, Ems Estuary [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Bouwman, L.A.
  • Romeyn, K.
  • Admiraal, W.

Abstract
    The structure, distribution and seasonal changes of the benthic meiofauna in an organically polluted, tidal, brackish-water mudflat in the Ems-Dollard Estuary were analyzed. Towards the outfall of polluted fresh water, macrofauna disappeared, numbers of meiofauna increased but the diversity of the meiofauna decreased. In the area surrounding the outfall the numbers and biomass of nematodes and oligochaetes increased rapidly in spring and remained high until autumn (c. 13 x 106) indivuduals m-2); c. 2 g Cm-2). The benthic fauna comprised small numbers of species, dominated by a few fast-growing diatom-feeding nematodes (Eudiplogaster pararmatus and Dichromadora geophila) and oligochaetes (Amphichaeta sannio and Paranais litoralis). Eudiplogaster pararmatus exhibits brood care and it tolerates low salinities.

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