Psammon


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psammon

[′sa‚män]
(ecology)
In a body of fresh water, that part of the environment composed of a sandy beach and bottom lakeward from the water line.
Organisms which inhabit the interstitial water in the sands on a lake shore.

Psammon

 

the microscopic organisms that inhabit moist sand along rivers and lakes. Psammon is most abundant at depths 0.5–1 cm from the soil surface. It consists of many diatomaceous, protococcal, and blue-green algae; it also includes infusorians, testaceans, rotifers, tubellarians, roundworms, oligochaete worms, chironomid larvae, and other animals that can move in the interstices of sand. Sometimes microscopic organisms that live in littoral marine sands are also called psammon.

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A total of 13 taxa of testate amoebae were recorded from the psammon of the Gulf of Finland in this study.
The number of rotifer species found in the psammon from lakes Vortsjarv and Saadjarv resembles the numbers previously recorded from some Polish lakes with a similar trophic level; moreover, quite a few species overlapped in the two countries (Radwan and Bielahska-Grajner, 2001; Ejsmont-Karabin, 2005).
Besides, variability between samples of psammon communities was higher in lake than in coastal beaches.
The biodiversity of psammon rotifers in Wloclawek Reservoir.
Psammon rotifers in two lakes of different trophy--their abundance, species structure and role in phosphorus cycling.
Psammon ciliates: diversity and abundance in hygroarenal of eutrophic lake.
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Diversity and abundance of Gastrotricha in the psammon of mesotrophic lake.