Tube-dwelling Meiofauna in Marine Sediments.

Nehring, Stefan (1993) Tube-dwelling Meiofauna in Marine Sediments. Internationale Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie und Hydrographie, 78 (4). pp. 521-534. DOI 10.1002/iroh.19930780411.

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Tube‐dwelling has been recognized previously as a life‐style for several meiobenthic species, but behavioural observation of living specimens has rarely been reported. The extent to which tube‐building and tube‐dwelling occurs within meiofauna, and how they have influenced evolutionary and ecological processes as well as morphology within these organisms, is relatively unknown but potentially of great significance. In addition to direct observation of tube‐building and the occurence of tubes in natural habitats, the internal anatomy associated with tube‐building in two nematode species (Ptycholaimellus jacobi, P. ponticus) and one harpacticoid copepod species (Stenhelia palustris) is the focus of this study. Special attention is given to the secretory products, glands, and their association with secretory pores. Also, the role of meiobenthic tube‐dwelling activities in relationship to their environment is extensive discussed.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: meiofauna, mucus, tubes, detritus. sediment-water interface
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Institute for Marine Science Kiel
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1002/iroh.19930780411
ISSN: 0020-9309
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 13:35
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 13:35

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