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Bathynellaceans: Bathynellacea

Bathynellaceans And People

Bathynellaceans help to improve water quality and flow by breaking down bits of plants and animals that wash into underground water systems.


Bathynellaceans eat bits of plants and animals washed into the ground from the Earth's surface. Bacteria, fungi, and other microscopic organisms break down in their waste products. These activities help to clean the water and keep it flowing through the filtering sands that surround underground springs. Without these organisms these natural filters would soon become clogged and prevent the flow of fresh, clean water from underground sources into wells, springs, lakes, and rivers.

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