Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 43, Number 2, 2007
|Page(s)||101 - 105|
|Published online||15 January 2009|
A rapid survey of large branchiopods in Romania
Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Department of Technical and Nature Sciences, 530104 Miercurea-Ciuc, pța. Libertății nr. 1, Romania.
2 Mircea Eliade College, 545400 Sighișoara, str. 1 Decembrie nr. 31, Romania
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Romania has a unique diversity of large branchiopods in Europe, but the present distribution of species is poorly documented. This note is a summary of a survey aimed at a rapid assessment of large branchiopod occurrence and frequency at a landscape level. The survey was conducted in ten landscapes, and it lasted from 2004 to 2006, recording fifteen species. Most species (80%) were only found in one or two landscapes, showing large differences in species composition between landscapes and possibly an underestimation of some species. Four landscapes had a frequency of large branchiopod habitats greater than 30% and together contained all the species found during the survey. Based on the relatively large detection probabilities found during this survey we suggest that a country-level distribution database could be done in a short time period (in a few years) even with few participants. Target areas for further distribution surveys should be the localities described in the published literature, flat lands and middle to large river valleys.
Key words: large branchiopods / distribution / Romanian Plain / Ciuc basin / Banat
© Université Paul Sabatier, 2007
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