On the nature and possible utility of epilithic detritus

P. Calow

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    Epilithic detritus is recognized as a rich and potentially useful form of detrital material in aquatic habitats. It forms an adherent cover to the light-shaded, under-sides of submerged stones. Compared with other aquatic detrital materials it was found to be rich in organic material, protein and total potential energy content. It probably represents a primary seral stage in community succession which is prevented from maturing further by the absence of light. The potential usefulness of epilithic detritus, as food to aquatic detrivores, is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)181-188
    Number of pages8
    Issue number2-3
    StatePublished - Mar 1975


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