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Factors influencing hte distribution of nereid polychaetes: The sulfide aspect
Miron, G.; Kristensen, E. (1993). Factors influencing hte distribution of nereid polychaetes: The sulfide aspect. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 93(1-2): 143-153
In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter-Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0171-8630, more
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Keywords
    Distribution; Pore water; Sediment chemistry; Sulphides; Nereis (Hediste) diversicolor O.F. Müller, 1776 [WoRMS]; ANE, Denmark [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Miron, G.
  • Kristensen, E.

Abstract
    A study of the spatial distribution of 3 species of nereid polychaetes (Nereis virens, N. diversicolor and N. succinea) was conducted during fall 1991 in Danish estuarine waters. Results from field data (Kerteminde Fjord/Kertinge Nor and Norsminde Fjord) suggested that pore water sulfide (HS-) acts on the distribution of these species. N. virens was confined to low-sulfidic areas (< 50 µM) while N. succinea was found in high-sulfidic sediments (from 50 to 2000 µM). N. diversicolor, on the other hand, showed a broader distribution with respect to pore water sulfide. Complementary tank experiments indicated that all 3 species preferred non-sulfidic sediments in allopatry, whereas N. diversicolor was excluded from the non-sulfidic compartments of tanks in sympatry with each of the other 2 species. Mortality rates indicated that N. virens was the least sulfide-tolerant species whereas the other species showed some sort of adaptation with respect to pore water sulfide.

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