Biodiversity of Collembola and their functional role in the ecosystem

  title={Biodiversity of Collembola and their functional role in the ecosystem},
  author={Josef Rusek},
  journal={Biodiversity \& Conservation},
  • J. Rusek
  • Published 1 September 1998
  • Environmental Science
  • Biodiversity & Conservation
More than 6500 species of Collembola are known from throughout the world and these are only a small part of the still undescribed species. There are many checklists and catalogues of Collembola for smaller territories and entire continents. Biogeographical analyses have been made for some genera and smaller territories. The most serious problems for a global biogeographical analysis is the lack of enough records from immense territories of all continents. Local biodiversity of Collembola can be… 
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