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J Nematol. Jan 1982; 14(1): 69–76.
PMCID: PMC2618149

Nematode Temperature Responses: a Niche Dimension In Populations of Bacterial-Feeding Nematodes

Abstract

The optimum temperatures for population development were determined for six species of bacterial-feeding nematodes from among eight temperatures, ranging from 5 to 40 C. Four of the species are cohabiting species. The range of temperatures over which population development occurs (temperature niche breadth) is different for the cohabiting species. This difference may be a means of reducing competition between species, thus increasing temperatures over which habitats can be exploited.

Keywords: bacterial feeding, nematodes, temperature response

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