Freshwater Nematodes

Ecology and Taxonomy

March 2006
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  • Published
    8th March 2006
  • ISBN 9780851990095
  • Language English
  • Pages 752 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

Nematodes are the most numerous metazoans in aquatic sediments. The majority of conducted studies on these aquatic forms focus mainly on those in marine and estuarine habitats. Nematodes from inland water bodies have been relatively forgotten or ignored. Recognizing this serious drawback and its impact on research on nematodes, this book brings together the available information on freshwater nematodes. It addresses the taxonomy of this extremely diverse phylum and provides analysis of its ecology in freshwater habitats from nematologists from 12 countries worldwide. Descriptions of each taxon at genus-level and above are provided with an augmenting pictorial guide to the currently valid genera. Also, a complete, up-to-date and valid species-list is given for every genus with an emphasis on those reported from freshwater bodies.

Part 1: Ecology
* Introduction: summary of present knowledge and research addressing the ecology and taxonomy of freshwater nematodes
* Techniques for processing freshwater nematodes
* Composition and distribution of free-living aquatic nematodes: global and local perspectives
* Dynamics of limno-nematodes: abundance, biomass and diversity
* Production of freshwater nematodes
* Feeding ecology of free-living benthic nematodes
* Patterns in the size structure of freshwater nematode communities: the cases of Lakes Königssee and Brunnsee, Germany
* Freshwater nematodes in environmental science
* Nematodes in lotic systems
* Nematodes from extreme freshwater habitats
* Computation and application of nematode community indices: general guidelines

Part II: Taxonomy
* Order Enoplida
* Order Triplonchida
* Dorylaimida I: Superfamilies Belondiroidea, Nygolaimoidea, and Tylencholaimoidea

Part II: Superfamily Dorylaimoidea
* Order Mononchida
* Orders Chromadorida
* Order Monhysterida
* Order Araeolaimida
* Order Plectida
* Order Rhabditida: Suborder Tylenchina
* Order Rhabditida: Suborder Rhabditina

Eyualem Abebe

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Walter Traunspurger

Walter Traunspurger is at University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Istvan Andrassy

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