Meiobenthology: The Microscopic Fauna in Aquatic Sediments

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This is a comprehensive treatise on meiobenthology, the science of small animals which live, often disregarded even by zoologists, in huge numbers in all aquatic sediments. Covering all the scientific literature on the subject, particular emphasis is placed on ecological and systematic aspects. After a survey of the biotope conditions and important methods, the animals are introduced in a systematic account. This is followed by a report on the meiobenthos in relevant biotopes. The book concludes with an analysis ...
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This is a comprehensive treatise on meiobenthology, the science of small animals which live, often disregarded even by zoologists, in huge numbers in all aquatic sediments. Covering all the scientific literature on the subject, particular emphasis is placed on ecological and systematic aspects. After a survey of the biotope conditions and important methods, the animals are introduced in a systematic account. This is followed by a report on the meiobenthos in relevant biotopes. The book concludes with an analysis of the productive role and the position of meiofauna in the food web and perspectives for future research.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780387566962
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Habitat, Habitat Conditions and Their Study Methods 5
3 Meiofauna Sampling and Processing 44
4 Biological Characteristics of Meiofauna 64
5 Meiofauna Taxa - a Systematic Account 78
6 Phylogenetic Aspects in Meiobenthology 177
7 The Distribution of Meiofauna 185
8 Meiofauna in Selected Biotopes 197
9 Synecological Perspectives in Meiobenthology 247
10 A Retrospect on Meiobenthology and an Outlook to Future Research 271
References 275
Glossary 321
Subject Index 325
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