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The Biology of Temporary Waters$
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D. Dudley Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528128.001.0001

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The biota

The biota

(p.40) CHAPTER 4 The biota
The Biology of Temporary Waters

D. Dudley Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents summaries of each taxonomic group inhabiting temporary waters, providing examples of habitat-specific requirements and adaptations throughout. Insects and crustaceans are the dominant community members and, consequently, the best studied groups. However, information is also provided on lesser known groups, such as the prokaryotes, fungi, nematodes, tardigrades, and rotifers. Higher plants, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals are discussed. Detailed case histories are given of the biotas from common habitat types. Global and regional comparisons of temporary water communities are made and commonality is demonstrated.

Keywords:   biota, community composition, insects, crustaceans, higher plants, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals

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