Polyphemus pediculus (L.) (Cladocera) as a possible indicator of water quality

Butorina, L.G. (1980) Polyphemus pediculus (L.) (Cladocera) as a possible indicator of water quality. Ambleside, UK, Freshwater Biological Association, 5pp.

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Usually stenobiotic species are used as hydrobiological indicators of the degree of pollution in natural waters. Cladocera are eurybiotic organisms, therefore their role as specific indicators of the water quality is considered to be insignificant. However, considering new methods Cladocera at present are more and more often used as indicators of oligo- and mesosaprobic waters as well as of the presence of considerable amounts of easily degradable organic matter. Work over many years on the biology of Polyphemus pediculus, this striking representative of the order Cladocera, convinced the author of the possibility of using this species not only as an indicator of water purity but also for the estimation of the degree of water pollution as well as of water characteristics such as colour, turbidity, oxgen content and chemical composition. P. pediculus is one of the most common and abundant species of planktonic crustaceans in shallow waters of reservoirs, rivers, lakes, ponds and temporary water bodies.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Polyphemus pediculus (L.) (Cladocera) as a possible indicator of water quality
Personal Creator/Author:
Butorina, L.G.
Number of Pages: 5
Date: 1980
Publisher: Freshwater Biological Association
Place of Publication: Ambleside, UK
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Methodology; Ecosystem management; Water quality control; Freshwater crustaceans; Indicator species
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 5268
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 14:37
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:10
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5268

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