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.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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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