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Biodiversity of Belgian groundwater fauna in relation to environmental conditions
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The results suggest that the stygobiotic fauna of Belgium is species-poor and mostly comprises widely distributed species with broad ecological tolerances, which supports the view that eurytopic species re-colonised the area by long-distance dispersal from refugia in southern Europe.
Sympatric Dreissena species in the Meuse River: towards a dominance shift from zebra to quagga mussels
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The quagga mussel became the dominant dreissenid species in both the Meuse River and a number of Belgian canals and is shown to have a faster growth rate and/or earlier reproduction than the zebra mussel.
Body-size shifts in aquatic and terrestrial urban communities
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It is demonstrated that urban communities generally consist of smaller species, and that the general trend towards smaller-sized species is overruled by filtering for larger species when there is positive covariation between size and dispersal, which can mitigate the low connectivity of ecological resources in urban settings.
Urbanization drives cross‐taxon declines in abundance and diversity at multiple spatial scales
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The results provide strong support to the general negative impact of urbanization on abundance and species richness within habitat patches and highlight the importance of considering multiple spatial scales and taxa to assess the impacts of urbanized biodiversity.
Checklist of the fresh and brackish water snails (Mollusca, Gastropoda) of Bénin and adjacent West African ecoregions
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A first checklist of the fresh and brackish water gastropod fauna from Bénin and adjacent West African ecoregions is presented, based on an extensive literature review and field surveys between September 2014 and June 2019.
Distribution of the Chinese pond mussel Sinanodonta woodiana (Lea, 1834) in Flanders (Belgium)
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There are indications that S. woodiana is more tolerant to low oxygen concentrations and has higher recruitment than indigenous mussels, which offer competitive advantages over native unionids and may explain its success in European waters.
Size-dispersal relationships govern body size shifts in urban species communities
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