Distribution of oligochaetes in western Lake Erie, 1961

Limnology and Oceanography



A total of 52,390 oligochaetes were collected from 40 stations in western Lake Erie in spring 1961. The population was composed of two families, Naididae and Tubificidae. Only six species of naidids were found. One, Paranais frici, is apparently new to the list of North American freshwater Naididae. Among the 14 tubificids found, five species of Limnodrilus were most abundant; they contributed 90% or more of all oligochaetes at 33 of the 40 stations. Numbers of Limnodrilus were generally large near the mouths of the Detroit, Raisin, and Maumee rivers and decreased progressively lakeward. Stylodrilus heringianus, a pollution-intolerant species common in eastern Lake Erie, was not found in the western end of the lake.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distribution of oligochaetes in western Lake Erie, 1961
Series title Limnology and Oceanography
DOI 10.4319/lo.1969.14.2.0260
Volume 14
Issue 2
Year Published 1969
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 260
Last page 264
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