Aquatic Oligochaeta of the Netherlands and Belgium
Research output: Book/Report › Book not published by INBO
|Place of Publication||Zeist|
|Number of pages||302|
|Publication status||Published - 28-Mar-2013|
A comprehensive overview of aquatic oligochaetes of the Netherlands and Belgium, focusing on identification and ecology. Offering a new, practical key for identification to species level which mainly uses characteristics that are easy to observe. A unique tool for aquatic ecologists and water quality management.
Oligochaetes (earthworms, leeches, sludge worms, etc.) are a widely distributed and diverse group of invertebrates. They are segmented worms, comprising over 8,000 terrestrial and aquatic species. Elusive and poorly known, oligochaetes play important roles in almost all ecosystems, ranging from the poles to the tropics. As such, they are commonly used as indicators of water quality and ecosystem health.
In The Netherlands and Belgium, the aquatic oligochaetes inhabit freshwater to marine environments. To date, a total of 136 species of aquatic oligochaetes have been reported in these countries, including Germany. This is the first book to focus on this important group in this part of Europe.
a comprehensive overview on morphology, collecting and preservation, identification and ecology
136 species including the oligochaete fauna of Germany
a new, practical key for identification to species level using characteristics that are easily to observe
clear photographs and schematic drawings
for each species information on ecology and distribution
An unique tool for aquatic ecologists and water quality management.
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Research output: Other contribution › Online publication - Web publication
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