Rotatoria pp 205-206 | Cite as

Workshop on Taxonomy and Biogeography

  • H. J. Dumont
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 1)


The species concept in Rotifers, as in many other animal groups, is applied by various investigations in a rather lax way. Separation of species is often based on ad hoc criteria, such as the structure of the lorica; there is, as yet, insufficient insight into the contribution of morphology to reproduce isolation, or to avoidance of interspecific competition. An exception is the structure of the mastax; if habitat partitioning through selective feeding is occurring within rotifers, one should indeed expect this structure to show high morphological specificity. However, the same holds true for the corona, which has been little studied, and also for the various receptors found on the head region, and sometimes elsewhere on the body.


species concept taxonomy global distribution passive dispersal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Dumont
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  1. 1.Zoological InstituteUniv. GentBelgium

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