Foliicolous Marine Nematodes on Turtle Grass, Thalassia Testudinum Konig, in Biscayne Bay, Florida
The ecology and taxonomy of foliicolous nematodes on turtle grass, Thalassia testudinum Konig, has been studied and characterized at four separate sites in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Differences in speciation and population levels between sites, and within individual sites as affected by physical and seasonal factors, are noted. A basic homogeneity exists similar to that found in previous studies, i.e., dominance of chromadorids and uniformity of feeding type while the specific composition at each site displays a measure of uniqueness. Examples are noted which lend support to Wieser's principle of alternate species. A key to the most commonly encountered species is presented, along with descriptions of identified nematodes and new habitat ranges. Four heretofore undescribed species are established: Chromadorina epidemos, Hypodontolaimus pilosus, Monhystera ocellidecoris, and Monhystera dubicola.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1967-06-01
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