A survey on distribution, phenology and status of large branchiopod crustaceans (Branchiopoda:Anostraca, Notostraca, Spinicaudata) in Sicily and in circum-Sicilian islands was carried outfrom autumn 2000 to winter 2004/2005 with the purpose of providing an organised contribution tothe knowledge of the distribution of these crustaceans in the region. Data from literature on Sicilianlarge branchiopods has been briefly reviewed, and field surveys allowed us to add new data on theiractual consistency in the area. Current Sicilian large branchiopod fauna is characterised by a lowspecies richness and diversity, having possibly been impoverished by the high anthropic impactwhich has interested the Sicilian wetlands.The need for further surveys directed towards getting the knowledge necessary in order to correctlyunderstand and manage temporary pools, the elective habitat of a rich and peculiar biotawhose large branchiopods are “flagship species”, is stressed.
|Numero di pagine||17|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2006|