Discovering the Hidden Biodiversity of Crustacea (Branchiopoda, Maxillopoda and Ostracoda) Assemblages in the High Mountain Lakes of Kackar Mountains (Turkey)


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AYGEN C. , MIS D. O. , USTAOĞLU M. R.

JOURNAL OF ANIMAL AND VETERINARY ADVANCES, vol.11, no.1, pp.67-73, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.3923/javaa.2012.67.73
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ANIMAL AND VETERINARY ADVANCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-73

Abstract

The Branchiopoda, Maxillopoda and Ostracoda fauna of 59 high mountain lakes of Kackar mountains was investigated for the first time. During the study, six expeditions were carried out in the Summers of 2005-2007. All lakes are located at altitudes between 2530 and 3370 m except Uzungol (1100 m). Beside the biological samplings, major environmental variables of the lakes were measured. A total of 21 Branchiopoda, 9 Maxillopoda and 3 Ostracod taxa were identified. All the taxa identified are new records for their. localities except C. ponticus. The investigated ecosystems support a high micro-crustacean diversity that must be adequately preserved due to the increasing direct and indirect impacts on high mountain lakes.