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Free Content Attraction of the Marine Nematode, Metoncholaimus sp., to Fungal Substrates

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An extremely abundant omnivorous marine nematode, Metoncholaimus sp., readily colonizes mycelial-cellulose mats of marine fungi in the field. The meiofauna on the fungal substrate comprises almost entirely the single species of nematode, with the majority of the large population being gravid females. Sediment samples in the immediate vicinity of the test showed proportionate sex ratio of the species. A strong attractive response by the nematode to the fungal-cellulose substrate is indicated. Striking dissimilarities in nematode colonization is noted among closely situated test sites, as well as at single sites at the same and different collection periods.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1966

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