, Volume 359, Issue 1, pp 69–74

Large branchiopod Crustacea (Anostraca, Notostraca, Spinicaudata) of the Barents Region of Russia

  • Nicholas V. Vekhoff

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003116432010

Cite this article as:
Vekhoff, N.V. Hydrobiologia (1997) 359: 69. doi:10.1023/A:1003116432010


The Russian Territory known as the Barents Region includes the large islands of Vaigatch and Kolguev, the archipelagos of Franz Joseph Land and Novaya Zemlya, and many small near shore islands in the Barents Sea subregion of the Arctic Ocean. With the exception of Franz Joseph Land, these islands and the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago are inhabited by seven species of large branchiopods: four species of Anostraca, Polyartemia forcipata S. Fischer, 1851, Artemiopsis bungei plovmornini Jaschnov, 1925, Branchinecta paludosaMüller, 1851 and Branchinectella media (Schmankewitsch, 1873); one Notostraca, Lepidurusarcticus (Kroyer, 1847); and two species of Spinicaudata, Caenestheria propinqua Sars, 1901and C. sahlbergi (Simon, 1886). This is a richer large branchiopod fauna than occurs in other comparable land areas of the Arctic Ocean. The northern most known occurrence of Branchinecta paludosa is at Ivanov Bay on the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago. This report includes some life history observations.

Russian Arctic Barents Region Anostraca Notostraca Spinicaudata fauna biology 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas V. Vekhoff
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  1. 1.Russian Research Institute for Cultural and Natural HeritageMoscowRussia