RODRIGUES CAPITULO Alberto
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An Introduced Polychaete in South America: Ecologic Affinities of Manayunkia speciosa (Polychaeta, Sabellidae) and the Oligochaetes of Uruguay River, Argentina
ARMENDÁRIZ, L.; SPACCESI, F.; RODRIGUES CAPÍTULO, A.
Diversity of Ecosystems.
Lugar: Reijke; Año: 2012; p. 73 - 94
M. speciosa is a small polychaete strictly from freshwater, first recorded in Schuylkill River (USA) in 1858. Some decades later its distribution extended through the whole Nearctic Region, being recorded in the eastern and western lotic systems of North America (Brehm, 1978; Hazel, 1966; Holmquist, 1967; Krecker, 1939; Leidy, 1883; Mackie & Qadri, 1971; Meehean, 1929; Spencer, 1976). A hundred and fifty years after its first record, it is found for the first time in the Neotropical Region, enlarging its limit distribution from the United States of America to Argentina. Although it could not be determined whether its introduction had been recently, it can be assumed that M. speciosa arrived at the Uruguay River through the ballast water of commercial ships (Armendáriz et al., 2011). In recent years, the studies on M. speciosa have been focused in some aspects of its population dynamics and in its role as intermediate host of Myxozoa parasites of Salmonidae (Bartholomew et al., 1997; Bartholomew et al., 2006; Stocking & Bartholomew, 2007). Due to the lack of information on the ecological requirements of M. speciosa together with the scarce knowledge on the annelid fauna of the Lower Uruguay River, we propose, in this chapter, to analyze the main ecological variables which could have determined the establishment of M. speciosa with the oligochaete annelids, forming the benthic assemblage of the Lower Uruguay River.