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Title: The use of nematodes in assessing ecological conditions in shallow waters surrounding a Mediterranean harbour facility
Authors: Losi, V. 
Ferrero, T. J. 
Moreno, M. 
Gaozza, L. 
Rovere, A. 
Firpo, M. 
Marques, J. C. 
Albertelli, G. 
Keywords: free-living nematodes; Human impact; harbours; environmental quality assessment; bioindicators; Mediterranean Sea
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Serial title, monograph or event: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Volume: 130
Abstract: The spatial distribution and structure of nematode assemblages in the area surrounding the harbour of Vado Ligure (Savona, NW Mediterranean) were studied in relation to the influence of natural and anthropogenic environmental factors. Stations were selected following an “anthropogenic gradient” from sites located near the city centre and its harbour to more pristine and distant sites. Sediment quality was determined by considering both sediment granulometric and chemical parameters (hydrocarbons, heavy metals, total organic matter, proteins, carbohydrates) as well as nematode abundance, diversity, life strategies, trophic structure and assemblage composition. A high correlation between environmental characteristics and the nematode response was found. On the basis of the comparison of these results, which identified three distinct sub-areas associated with different levels of environmental quality, a set of nematode indicator genera was selected for the future evaluation of quality status.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/25669
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2013.02.017
Rights: openAccess
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