Effect of domestic sewage on sand beach meiofauna at Goa, India


Meiofauna of a sewage-polluted sandy beach, where sand alone constituted > 90%, was surveyed. Nematodes dominated the fauna numerically at all stations, followed by harpacticoid copepods. Most of the animals were confined to the top 5 cm of the sediment. A seasonal pattern was observed in the distribution of the fauna. There were significant spatial and temporal variations in mean meiofauna density, attributed to organic discharge via sewage and prevailing environmental conditions in the study area.

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Ansari, A.Z., Chatterji, A. & Parulekar, A.H. Effect of domestic sewage on sand beach meiofauna at Goa, India. Hydrobiologia 111, 229 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00007203

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  • domestic sewage
  • concentration
  • factors
  • interaction
  • meiofauna distribution