Hydrobiologia

, Volume 595, Issue 1, pp 177–184 | Cite as

Global diversity of cladocerans (Cladocera; Crustacea) in freshwater

  • L. Forró
  • N. M. Korovchinsky
  • A. A. Kotov
  • A. Petrusek
Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment

Abstract

Cladocera is a primarily-freshwater monophyletic group, an important component of the microcrustacean zooplankton. They inhabit most types of continental fresh and saline water habitats, occurring more abundantly in both temporary and permanent stagnant waters. Cladocera is an ancient group of Palaeozoic origin. About 620 species are currently known, but we estimate that the real number of species is 2–4 times higher. A number of currently-recognised widespread species can be expected to harbour extensive cryptic diversity.

Keywords

Cladocera Species richness Global assessment Biogeography Endemicity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Forró
    • 1
  • N. M. Korovchinsky
    • 2
  • A. A. Kotov
    • 2
  • A. Petrusek
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyHungarian Natural History MuseumBudapestHungary
  2. 2.A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Department of Ecology, Faculty of ScienceCharles University in PraguePrague 2Czechia

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