, Volume 359, Issue 1, pp 23–28

Community structure of branchiopods (Anostraca, Notostraca and Conchostraca) in the Banat province in Yugoslavia

  • Brigita Petrov
  • Dragana M. Cvetković

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003186014746

Cite this article as:
Petrov, B. & Cvetković, D.M. Hydrobiologia (1997) 359: 23. doi:10.1023/A:1003186014746


A survey of large branchiopods in the Banat provincein Yugoslavia revealed a particularly diverse fauna in the vicinity of the village Melenci, 100 km north of Belgrade. The temporary ponds here include 10 species of branchiopods, 5 anostracans, 2 notostracans and 3conchostracans (all belonging to the Spinicaudata group). This diversity represents 53% of the species known in Yugoslavia. Community structure, spatial distribution and seasonal dynamics of the species were analyzed over the period 1991–1995. More than one species was found in about 67% of ponds. The maximum number of coexisting species was 7.Anostracans were the most common as a group, while the notostracan Triops cancriformis and the conchostracan Leptestheria saetosa were the most frequent species. A high frequency of coexistence was established. Regarding community structure, two significantly different periods during the season were distinguished: the first, from the end of February to mid-April, and the second, from mid-April to the end of July. This extensive pool longevity may underlie the high diversity in this region.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brigita Petrov
    • 1
  • Dragana M. Cvetković
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Zoology, Faculty of BiologyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeYugoslavia