Groundwater biodiversity in a chemoautotrophic cave ecosystem: how geochemistry regulates microcrustacean community structure

@article{Galassi2016GroundwaterBI,
  title={Groundwater biodiversity in a chemoautotrophic cave ecosystem: how geochemistry regulates microcrustacean community structure},
  author={Diana Maria Paola Galassi and Barbara Fiasca and Tiziana Di Lorenzo and A. Montanari and Silvano Porfirio and Simone Fattorini},
  journal={Aquatic Ecology},
  year={2016},
  volume={51},
  pages={75-90}
}
The Frasassi cave system in central Italy hosts one of the few known examples of a groundwater metazoan community that is supported by sulfur-based lithoautotrophic microbes. Despite the challenging conditions represented by high concentrations of H2S and low concentrations of O2, this cave system is home to many invertebrate species. Here, we analyzed the copepods inhabiting sulfidic lakes and non-sulfidic dripping pools in order to investigate how environmental conditions in sulfidic waters… 
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