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Published since 1952
 

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The genus Potamothrix (Annelida, Oligochaeta, Tubificidae): a literature review; pp. 121–136

(Full article in PDF format) doi: 10.3176/eco.2013.2.04


Authors

Tarmo Timm

Abstract

Taxonomy and ecology of all 25 valid species of the genus Potamothrix are shortly surveyed. Two main specification centres of Potamothrix spp. exist: the Ponto-Caspian basin together with the Balkan Peninsula and the Yunnan Plateau lakes in southern China. Some species of the first group are widely dispersed in Europe and on the other continents, mostly with human aid, and often abundant in lakes, rivers, and estuaries. Freshwater, brackish-water, and euryhaline forms are represented. Different combinations of taxonomic characters do not allow dividing the genus into subgenera.

Keywords

Tubificidae, Potamothrix, taxonomy, ecology, fresh water, brackish water, invasive species.

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