Biogeography and ecology of blind shrimp Niphargus (Crustacea, Amphipoda) in Croatia

Novina, Petra (2015) Biogeography and ecology of blind shrimp Niphargus (Crustacea, Amphipoda) in Croatia. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Niphargidae, suborder of Senticaudata, is a family of amphipod crustaceans with 319 species and subspecies. It is represented with the largest number of subterranean freshwater species and subspecies of Croatian amphipods. Niphargus is the most diverse genus in the world with more than 300 species. Despite its high diversity in subterranean waters, the genus is less diverse in surface waters. The genus Niphargus is wildly distributed throughout Europe and Middle East. The first important research on amphipods in Croatia were conducted in the mid 19th century. Total of 59 species and subspecies of Niphargus have been described in Croatia since the first list made by G. Karaman in 1974. till now. This paper provides a list of species and subspecies sorted using the most recent taxonomy, their biogeographical regions, and types of habitats the species were found in. Due to being highly sensitive to pollution, having a small areal of distribution and fragmentation of their habitats, some species have been included in The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species of Croatia.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Gottstein, Sanja
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 23
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 10:45
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 10:45
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4723

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