The ecology of European ponds: defining the characteristics of a neglected freshwater habitat

  title={The ecology of European ponds: defining the characteristics of a neglected freshwater habitat},
  author={R{\'e}gis C{\'e}r{\'e}ghino and Jeremy Biggs and Beat Oertli and Steven A. J. Declerck},
There is growing awareness in Europe of the importance of ponds, and increasing understanding of the contribution they make to aquatic biodiversity and catchment functions. Collectively, they support considerably more species, and specifically more scarce species, than other freshwater waterbody types. Ponds create links (or stepping stones) between existing aquatic habitats, but also provide ecosystem services such as nutrient interception, hydrological regulation, etc. In addition, ponds are… 

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