Limnological characteristics and recent ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) of freshwater wetlands in the Parco Oglio Sud (Northern Italy)
ABSTRACT We report the results of a study carried out in 2002 on the main limnological characteristics and on the ostracod communities of 16 wetlands of the Parco Oglio Sud (Northern Italy). Physical and hydrochemical variables were measured and ostracod samples were collected in different seasons (April, June, August, and October). Most of the considered sites were characterised by high concentrations of nitrogenous compounds due to washing out from cultivated areas, intermittent river flooding and internal recycling. Observed differences in macrophyte communities were consistent with trophic status of waters, with pleustonic forms dominating most degraded areas. Both morphology of valves (by scanning electron microscopy) and anatomy of soft parts were analysed for ostracod species identification. Nineteen ostracod species in five families were found. Two species, Candona weltneri and Pseudocandona compressa, are new records for Italy. Cypria ophthalmica was collected from all sampling sites; other relatively common species were Cypridopsis vidua, Cyclocypris ovum, and Candona weltneri. No clear seasonality was observed in community structure; highest species diversity occurred in June in most of the studied wetlands. The maximum number of species per site was seven, and a maximum of six species was found in a single sample. Ostracod occurrence in relation to environmental factors was examined using Canonical correspondence analysis (CCA). Total alkalinity and pH were the most important variables structuring the species assemblages. The ostracod fauna found in this area was compared to the known distribution of recent non-marine ostracods in Italy, and the validity of published checklists is discussed.
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ABSTRACT: Although Turkey has a variety of wetlands of different types and sizes, many of them are threatened by human activities. To show the biological importance of these habitats, samples were randomly collected from 173 different wetland sites in the Ankara region during the summer of 2011. 31 ostracod taxa belonging to 14 genera were identified, including two species (Eucypris elliptica and Cavernocypris subterranea) that are new reports for the Turkish ostracod fauna and 19 taxa that are new reports for the region. Canonical Correspondence Analyses was able to show 58.9 % of the correlation between species and environmental variables. Water temperature, moisture and dissolved oxygen were the most important (P = 0.05) factors influencing species occurrence. Increasing sampling size (number of sites) did not significantly increase the numbers of species collected at sites located at elevations between 442 and 1,520 m.a.s.l. This also implies that altitude may have a secondary role on species diversity. Unweighted Paired Group Mean Analyses illustrated four main clustering groups of ostracods, in which species are clustered according to their ecological preferences. Based on our results, suitability of habitats appears to drive ostracod distribution and diversity in these wetland sites. Results clearly showed that these habitats can harbor diverse ostracod communities that warrant conservation.Wetlands 04/2014; 34(2). DOI:10.1007/s13157-013-0499-5 · 1.44 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We evaluated Rapoport's rule which states a negative correlation between species richness and altitude. To understand the relationship between altitude and reproductive modes (a/sexual) of non-marine ostracods, 166 aquatic bodies in Ordu region, Turkey were randomly sampled from July 11 to July 16, 2010. A total of 26 species of ostracods were found from 133 out of 166 sites. Except for one species (Heterocypris incongruens), the other 25 species were new reports for the region. Candona improvisa was also a new report for Turkish ostracod fauna. Three species (Psychrodromus olivaceus, H. incongruens, and C. neglecta) occurred most frequently as 43, 46, and 76 times, respectively. Canonical correspondence analyses exhibited two variables [Habitat type (p=0.014; F=2.171) and water temperature (p=0.018; F=2.248)] as having the most effect on species. Correlation of species' reproductive modes to those of environmental variables measured was not significant. UPGMA dendrogram displayed 15 most frequently occurring species into four clusters where most species (11) were asexual. Although a small group (asexual species without swimming setae) showed a tendency to habitat type and electrical conductivity, such variables are believed to play secondary role on species distribution. Highest species diversity (13 species) was observed at the range of 1200 and 1400 m (a.s.l.), where numbers of stations sampled was not the highest (22). Numbers of asexual species (19) were higher than the sexual (11) but there were no significant differences (p>0.05) between the frequencies of their occurrences at different altitudinal ranges. Accordingly, our findings do not support the Rapoport Rule. Results yield that reproductive modes of species (sexual and asexual) was not directly correlated to altitude or any environmental variables measured during this study. A better explanation of ostracod diversity appears to be suitability of habitats.High altitude medicine & biology 06/2012; 13(2):126-37. DOI:10.1089/ham.2011.1111 · 1.82 Impact Factor