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Greeffiella - the tinest nematodes!

Members of the genus Greeffiella are free-living marine nematodes. They are found in marine sand around the world - on beaches, in coral reef habitats, even the deep sea. They are unusual nematodes in being covered in spines. Greeffiella maybe be most famous for being the smallest nematode every described - adult Greeffiella minutum can be just 0.08 mm long!

  • Free-living marine nematodes. 1988. Part II: British Chromadorids. Synopses of the British fauna, Number 38, edited by Kermack, Doris M. and Barnes, R.S.K. Published for The Linnean Society of London and the Estuarine and Brackish-Water Sciences Association by Cambridge University Press
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 76 specimens in 7 taxa.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 27 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 2277
  Temperature range (°C): -1.226 - 27.180
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.363 - 37.304
  Salinity (PPS): 34.455 - 36.583
  Oxygen (ml/l): 3.283 - 6.968
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.063 - 2.501
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.672 - 126.399

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Depth range (m): 0 - 2277

Temperature range (°C): -1.226 - 27.180

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.363 - 37.304

Salinity (PPS): 34.455 - 36.583

Oxygen (ml/l): 3.283 - 6.968

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.063 - 2.501

Silicate (umol/l): 1.672 - 126.399
 
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