About this book
Nematodes are the most numerous metazoans in aquatic sediments. The majority of conducted studies on these aquatic forms focus mainly on those in marine and estuarine habitats. Nematodes from inland water bodies have been relatively forgotten or ignored. Recognizing this serious drawback and its impact on research on nematodes, this book brings together the available information on freshwater nematodes. It addresses the taxonomy of this extremely diverse phylum and provides analysis of its ecology in freshwater habitats from nematologists from 12 countries worldwide. Descriptions of each taxon at genus-level and above are provided with an augmenting pictorial guide to the currently valid genera. Also, a complete, up-to-date and valid species-list is given for every genus with an emphasis on those reported from freshwater bodies.
PART I: ECOLOGY; Introduction: summary of present knowledge and research addressing the ecology and taxonomy of freshwater nematodes, P De Ley, University of California, USA, W Decraemer, Ghent University, Belgium, and Eyualem-Abebe; Techniques for processing freshwater nematodes, M Hodda, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, Australia, and Eyualem-Abebe; Composition and distribution of free-living aquatic nematodes: global and local perspectives, W Traunspurger and I C Michiels, University of Bielefield, Germany, and Eyualem-Abebe; Dynamics of limno-nematodes: abundance, biomass and diversity, Eyualem-Abebe, W Traunspurger, and I C Michiels; Production of freshwater nematodes, M Bergtold, University of Bielefield, Germany, and W Traunspurger; Feeding ecology of free-living benthic nematodes, T Moens, Ghent University, Belgium, M Bergtold, and W Traunspurger; Patterns in the size structure of freshwater nematode communities: the cases of Lakes Konigssee and Brunnsee, Germany, W Traunspurger and M Bergtold; Freshwater nematodes in environmental science, S Hoes, W Traunspurger, and A Zullini, Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Italy; Nematodes in lotic systems, M Hodda; Nematodes from extreme freshwater habitats, M Hodda, A Ocana, University of Granada, Spain, and W Traunspurger; Computation and application of nematode community indices: general guidelines, D A Neher and B J Darby, University of Vermont, USA; PART II: TAXONOMY; Order Enoplida, N Smol and A Coomans, Ghent University, Belgium; Order Triplonchida, A Zullini; Dorylaimida I: Superfamilies Belondiroidea, Nygolaimoidea, and Tylencholaimoidea, R Pena-Santiago, Universidad de Joen, Spain; Dorylaimida Part II: superfamily Dorylaimoidea, M T Vinciguerra, Universita di Catania, Italy; Order Mononchida, A Zullini and V Peneva, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgaria; Orders Chromadorida, Desmodorida and Desmoscolecide W Decraemer and N Smol; Order Monhysterida, A Coomans and Eyualem-Abebe; Order Araeolaimida, A Muthumbi, University of Nairobi, Kenya and A Vanreusel, Ghent University, Belgium; Order Plectida, O Holovachov, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine and P De Ley; Order Rhabditida: Suborder Tylenchina, W Bert and G Borgonie, Ghent University, Belgium; Order Rhabditida: Suborder Rhabditina, J Abolofia, Universidad de Jaen, Spain.