The Relationship of Saprobial Conditions to Massive Populations of Tubificids

  • H. Caspers


The tubificids play an important role as indicator organisms in the saprobial system. Less important than the species or genera present is the total number of individuals. The more organic enrichment in a sediment, the greater the number of tubificids, coincident with the disappearance of other benthic groups. Especially in polysaprobial waters, the fauna is limited to “lawns” of tubificids, which are chiefly involved with the remineralization of the detritus.


Indicator Organism Organic Enrichment Massive Population Tidal Circulation Benthic Group 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Caspers
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  1. 1.Institut for Hydrobiologie und FischereiwissenschaftUniversitat HamburgHamburgW. Germany

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