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Growth, reproduction and longevity in nematodes from sewage treatment plants


Woombs, M and Laybourn-Parry, J, Growth, reproduction and longevity in nematodes from sewage treatment plants, Oecologia, 64, (2) pp. 168-172. ISSN 0029-8549 (1984) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF00376866


The growth, reproduction and longevity of Diplogasteritus nudicapitatus, Paroigolaimella bernensis and Rhabditis curvicaudata were investigated under conditions of excess food within the temperature range 5°C-20°C. In all three species growth rate increased with temperature, and in D. nudicapitatus and R. curvicaudata the adult size attained varied significantly with temperature. P. bernensis did not reproduce at 5°C, but showed a progressive increase in reproductive output at higher temperatures. D. nudicaitatus showed increased egg production as temperature increased while R. curvicaudata had maximum egg output at 10°C. Longevity is temperature dependent, decreasing with higher temperatures. Virgin females survived for longer than reproducing females. The data indicate that while D. nudicapitatus and P. bernensis are thermophilic species, R. curvicaudata is adapted to lower temperatures. © 1984 Springer-Verlag.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Laybourn-Parry, J (Professor Johanna Laybourn-Parry)
ID Code:49407
Year Published:1984
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2007-12-08
Last Modified:2011-08-30

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