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Hydrobiological Journal
SJR: 0.227 SNIP: 0.575 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Print: 0018-8166
ISSN Online: 1943-5991

Hydrobiological Journal

DOI: 10.1615/HydrobJ.v39.i1.20
13 pages

Macrozoobenthos as an Indicator in Monitoring of the Environmental Quality of the Black Sea

G. V. Losovskaya
Odessa Branch of the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Odessa, Ukraine

ABSTRACT

Based on long-term observations in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, the work discusses the suitability of changes in performances of macrozoobenthonic communities as the indices of well-being or deterioration of the marine environment. In particular, there is considered the value in respect of this of such criteria as: (1) indicator species; (2) indicator groupings; (3) quantitative and structural changes in Mytilus galoprovincialis biocenosis, and (4) quantitative and taxonomic modifications among representatives of Polychaeta.


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