, Volume 84, Issue 1, pp 87–90

The ecology of the Turbellaria with special reference to the freshwater triclads

  • T. B. Reynoldson
Ecology & Faunistics


To attempt a complete review of turbellarian ecology in the time and space available would result in superficiality. Therefore, I have restricted this account to the four basic ecological processes which have and continue to determine flatworm distribution and abundance. These are: (1) historical or zoogeographical events which permit or prevent a species from reaching a habitat; (2) physiological limitations of the species vis à vis the habitat; (3) access to suitable energy sources and (4) the effects of competition, predation and parasitism, referred to collectively as bionomic processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. B. Reynoldson
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoology Dept.Univ. College of North WalesGwynedd
  2. 2.Zoology Dept., Biological Sciences CentreUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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