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Groundwater biodiversity patterns in the Lessinian Massif of northern Italy
SUMMARY 1. The distribution patterns of stygobiotic invertebrates were examined with a stratified sampling design at 197 sites selected among four hydrogeographic basins in the Lessinian Massif
Groundwater biodiversity in Europe.
The broad-scale distribution of groundwater biodiversity across Europe is explored, focussing on obligate subterranean aquatic taxa, and a core of four hotspots emerged in all cases: one stretching across Slovenia and northeastern Italy, one in the French Pyrenees, two in Italy and one in Spain.
Distribution and ecology of non-marine ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) from Friuli Venezia Giulia (NE Italy)
The results of this study indicate that Friuli Venezia Giulia hosts a very diverse ostracod fauna, representing a significant proportion of all ostracOD taxa known thus far from Italy.
Distribution and ecology of copepods in mountainous regions of the Eastern Alps
Copepod species richness, patterns of distribution and composition of assemblages were evaluated in high-altitude sites in the Eastern Alps. Diverse habitats were sampled in 160 lentic water bodies
Diversity patterns of stygobiotic crustaceans across multiple spatial scales in Europe
SUMMARY 1. Using species distribution data from 111 aquifers distributed in nine European regions, we examined the pairwise relationships between local species richness (LSR), dissimilarity in
Geographic variation in range size and beta diversity of groundwater crustaceans: insights from habitats with low thermal seasonality
Aim Three broad mechanisms have been proposed to explain geographic variation in species range size: habitat area/heterogeneity, climate seasonality and long-term climate variability. However, it
How many species of Diacyclops? New taxonomic characters and species richness in a freshwater cyclopid genus (Copepoda, Cyclopoida)
  • F. Stoch
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • 1 June 2001
The coexistence of up to six congeneric species in the same sampling area demonstrates that species richness may be highly underestimated in freshwater cyclopoid assemblages in absence of good taxonomic practice, and requires an ecological explanation of species coexistence.
The role of spatial environmental factors as determinants of large branchiopod distribution in Tunisian temporary ponds
The influence of spatial and environmental factors in explaining the structure of large branchiopod assemblages at different spatial scales is still poorly explored. We hypothesized that the extent
Stygobiotic crustacean species richness: a question of numbers, a matter of scale
Assessing species richness in ground water at different spatial scales, and its contribution to overall freshwater species richness at the continental scale; analyzing the contribution of historical and ecological determinants in shaping spatial patterns of stygobiotic species richness across multiple spatial scales; and analysing the role of β-diversity in shaping patterns ofspecies richness at each scale analysed.