The role of oligochaetes in the management of waters

Piet F.M. Verdonschot*

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To better understand the role of an aquatic oligochaete in the management of water quality, it was determined if oligochaetes were representative of water quality, if indices based on oligochaetes were widely applicable to access water quality, and if oligochaete assemblages were related to environmental factors other than organic pollution. It was found that if only one monitoring sample a year was taken in December, about 73% of the more common species were collected. Seasonality did not seem to affect the taxa collected except for forms in low presence, e.g., Nais. Several indices we used were not applicable to regulated streams. Oligochaete ordination procedures revealed only a partial picture of the environmental conditions of regulated streams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-227
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • indices
  • oligochaetes
  • ordination
  • regulated streams

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