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Springs of the Alps – Sensitive Ecosystems to Environmental Change: From Biodiversity Assessments to Long-term Studies
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The main aim of the present review is to synthesise the present level of knowledge on the hydrobiology of springs in the Alps and propose to use the zoobenthos, especially water mites, for an evaluation of the biological integrity of springs, whilst autotrophs, and in particular diatoms, can provide excellent indicators of eutrophication, acidification and ionic strength.
Water mites of the genus Atractides Koch, 1837 (Acari: Parasitengona: Hygrobatidae) in the western Palaearctic region: a revision
The western Palaearctic species of the water mite genus Atractides are revised, based on the available type material, data published in the literature, and additional material from various
Crenic habitats, hotspots for freshwater biodiversity conservation: toward an understanding of their ecology
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The authors of papers in this special issue describe specific spring biota, including multitaxon studies, and discuss the role of environmental factors, habitat variability at different spatial and temporal scales, and the importance of natural and anthropogenic disturbance in spring habitats.
Chelicerata: Acari II
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The present taxonomic knowledge about these different groups of invertebrates is brought together in an overview for the Central-European fauna for the first time in limnofaunistic bibliography.
The biology and ecology of lotic water mites (Hydrachnidia)
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The Hydrachnidia (water mites, Hydracarina) are the most diversified group of the Acari in freshwaters and are abundant and speciose in lotic habitats, although most lotic species belong to the Hydryphantoidea, Lebertioidea and Hygrobatoidea.
The challenges of long-term ecological research in springs in the northern and southern Alps: indicator groups, habitat diversity, and medium-term change
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A selection of results from both sides of the Alps suggest that the meiofauna is likely to react directly to environmental change, while emergers and the hygrophilous terrestrial fauna are indirectly affected, and diatoms react both to direct effects of environmental change and to indirect effects on the surroundings of the spring.
Global diversity of water mites (Acari, Hydrachnidia; Arachnida) in freshwater
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The article analyzes extant water mite diversity and biogeography to reflect the basic vicariance pattern, isolation, phylogenetic diversification, recent climatic vicissitudes and episodes of dispersal between adjacent land masses together with extant ecological factors can be evoked to explain distribution patterns at a global scale.
On the taxonomy of water mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia) described from the Palaearctic. part 1: Hydrachnidae, Limnocharidiae and Eylaidae
This paper collects taxonomic changes in the families Hydrachnidae, Limnocharidae and Eylaidae which become necessary following revision of material from museum collections and recent field work. The
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