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The Biology of Temporary Waters

D. Dudley Williams


Temporary waters are found throughout the world, including intermittent streams and ponds, episodic rain puddles, seasonal limestone lakes, and the water-retaining structures of plants, such as bromeliads and pitcher plants. They are populated by a variety of plant, animal, and microscopic communities ranging from the very simple to the highly complex. As such, they represent fascinating and significant arenas to study the properties of species, as the latter deals with the rigours of living in highly variable environments. Obligate temporary water species display a remarkable array of adaptat ... More

Keywords: streams, ponds, wetlands, plant and animal communities, habitats, variable environments, physiological tolerance, conservation, disease vectors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Dudley Williams, author
University of Toronto at Scarborough, Ontario, Canada