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Freeliving nematodes from the Salton Sea

By R.M. Warwick, D.M. Dexter and B. Kuperman

Abstract

Thirteen species, or putative species, of freeliving nematodes are recorded from a variety of habitats in the hypersaline Salton Sea, the largest inland lake in California. This doubles the number of species of multicellular invertebrates known to occur in the lake. All species are referable to known marine genera, and are regarded as having a marine coastal origin. The range of taxa present is representative of the full taxonomic spread found in marine coastal habitats, suggesting that a wide range of marine nematode taxa are capable of adapting to the hypersaline conditions. The broad spectrum of feeding types present suggests that nematodes play a variety of ecological roles within the lake

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au:23055
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