The effect of low salinity on teredinids

Cristine C. Barreto, Andrea O. R. Junqueira, Sérgio Henrique G. da Silva
2000 Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology  
Teredinids survival in low salinities was determined in aquaria. Panels previously immersed in Ponta de Leste, Ilha Grande Bay, Rio de Janeiro, were transferred to aquaria with salinities ranging from 5.0 to 15.0 Practical Salinity Unities (PSU). The waters of Ilha Grande Bay receive a large amount of wood from the marginal rainforest vegetation, being suitable for the development of teredinids. The coastal areas of the bay are subjected to wide salinity fluctuations due to strong and sudden
more » ... trong and sudden tropical storms. Eleven different species of teredinids were found in the panels. The critical salinity concentration for the survival of the two most common species was 11.93 PSU for Lyrodus floridanus and 12.90 PSU for Teredo furcifera. The effect of time on the mortality of teredinids at low salinities is also discussed.
doi:10.1590/s1516-89132000000400008 fatcat:ga2o5hjjv5gvbi5xqhhk235wyu