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This introductory chapter presents overview of the book Chironomidae Larvae of the Netherlands and Adjacent Lowlands: Biology and Ecology of the Chironomini. The book covers the tribes Chironomini and Pseudochironomini. Chironomini plays a key role in aquatic systems, especially in stagnant and slowly flowing water, because they often occur in large numbers. The biology and ecology of the species have been given priority because it is not possible to use chironomids for scientific or practical purposes if the data for an important part of the family are not available. In polluted water, in the profundal zone of lakes and during long-lasting ice cover in winter, oxygen can be the most important limiting factor. The Chironomini species obviously differ in their degree of susceptibility to oxygen shortage and toxic decomposition products. The book pays more attention to the reasons why certain larvae cannot endure severe saprobity.

Keywords: biological properties; Chironomidae larvae; ecological properties; Netherlands



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