, Volume 359, Issue 1-3, pp 69-74

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

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Abstract

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.

This revised version was published online in August 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.