Aquatic Oligochaete Biology VIII

Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta, held in Bilbao, Spain 18–22 July 2000

  • Pilar Rodriguez
  • Piet F. M. Verdonschot

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 158)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Taxonomy

  3. Diversity and Distribution

  4. Morphology and Embryology

  5. Feeding Biology and Reproduction

    1. Pilar Rodriguez, Maite Martinez-Madrid, Jesús Angel Arrate, Enrique Navarro
      Pages 133-140
  6. Ecotoxicology and Bioaccumulation

    1. Philipp Egeler, Michael Meller, Joerg Roembke, Peter Spoerlein, Bruno Streit, Roland Nagel
      Pages 171-184
  7. Ecology

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 263-268

About these proceedings


This book contains 26 contributions dealing with the biology of aquatic oligochaetes and covers a wide range of topics including taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure, embryology, reproduction, feeding biology, ecotoxicity, community studies, and species distribution. Descriptions of new taxa in tropical areas, including Amazonian forest soils, as well as overviews on the biodiversity of aquatic oligochaetes in Australia and European groundwaters, are presented. New morphological characteristics in both marine and freshwater species are described and interpreted. Laboratory studies contribute to the knowledge of oligochaete feeding biology and reproduction. The use of aquatic oligochaetes in ecological risk assessment is analysed in detail, and standardised experimental designs for studies on bioaccumulation and pollutant transfer by food are included. Finally, a number of papers present the effects of oliogochaetes on the performance of an activated sludge plant, and multivariate approaches to the spatial and/or temporal distribution and composition of oligochaete communities in many different areas of the world, from the scale of a river to the scale of the microhabitat. The broad scope of this volume is a reflection of recent rends, not only in oligochaete research, but also in general applied biological studies.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pilar Rodriguez
    • 1
  • Piet F. M. Verdonschot
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Animal Biology and GeneticsUniversity of Basque CountryBilbaoSpain
  2. 2.Department of Freshwater EcologyAlterra, Green World ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands

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