, Volume 558, Issue 1, pp 105–109 | Cite as

Tardigrade Fauna of the Region between Oka and Volga Rivers (Russia) and Patterns of their Distribution in Substrates and Habitats

  • Alexandra M. Avdonina


The region between the Oka and Volga rivers has been largely neglected with respect to tardigrade biodiversity. In the present study a total of 21 species from 7 genera, 3 families, 2 orders and only 1 class of tardigrades were present, and some of their ecological preferences were noted. The tardigrades in the studied region were mainly cosmopolitan. Eurytopic, hygrophilic and xerophilic species were common while obligate freshwater species were not found. There is a marked similarity in the tardigrade fauna within similar habitats from different locations within the region.


Eutardigrada Russian plain ecology Jaccards similarity 


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  1. 1.Department of EcologyVladimir State Pedagogical UniversityVladimirRussia

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