First record of Branchinella spinosa (Milne-Edwards) (Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Anostraca) from Greece

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1999
Authors:Abatzopoulos, T. J., Brendonck, L., Sorgeloos, P.
Journal:International Journal of Salt Lake Research
Date Published:Dec 1999
Keywords:first, inland, record, temporary, water, ενδοχώρα, καταγραφή, νερό, προσωρινό, πρώτη

As the result of a first screening of temporary inland water habitats, Branchinella spinosa is here recorded for the first time in Greece. This finding extends the circum-Mediterranean part of its vast distribution. The species was collected from a shallow astatic coastal salt-marsh that is mainly fed by rainwater, where it coexists but rarely co-occurs with Artemia parthenogenetica. Branchinella spinosa is only the fourth anostracan species currently known from Greece. The poor knowledge of anostracan richness and abundance is mainly due to limited sampling efforts in this area. As temporary aquatic habitats are threatened by several anthropogenic activities, especially agriculture and land clearing for urbanisation and tourism, there is an urgent necessity for further monitoring and protection of these precious habitats.

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