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Can polychaetes be used as a surrogate group in assessing ecological quality of soft substratum communities NE Thermaikos Gulf?


, : Can polychaetes be used as a surrogate group in assessing ecological quality of soft substratum communities NE Thermaikos Gulf?. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 159b): 1199-1207

The structure of soft substratum polychaete populations in Thermaikos bay was studied over a three-years period. The examination of the collected 4,864 specimens revealed the presence of 56 species. Deposit feeding was the prevalent mode. Multivariate analyses separated the most pollute sites (T3), but no clear temporal trends came up. Similar patterns came up for the entire benthic fauna, demonstrating the potential of polychaetes as a surrogate group in biomonitoring.

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