The Obscure History of the Lake Skadar and Its Biota: A Perspective for Future Research

  • Michał GrabowskiEmail author
  • Aleksandra Jabłońska
  • Anna Wysocka
  • Vladimir Pešić
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 80)


The Lake Skadar and its basin, representing the classic karst of the Dinarides with a very complex hydrogeology, are unique areas with high landscape heterogeneity and rich species diversity, including numerous endemic species from various taxonomic groups. However, the geological history of the Lake Skadar basin remains poorly understood, with several hypotheses on its origins. Also, the evolutionary history of local biodiversity and its link with the palaeogeography of the area are largely unknown. However, recent accumulation of studies upon some model taxa, such as crustaceans, molluscs or fish, provides space for at least some generalisation.


Aquatic fauna Endemic species Geological history Phylogeny Phylogeography Lake Skadar basin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michał Grabowski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aleksandra Jabłońska
    • 1
  • Anna Wysocka
    • 2
  • Vladimir Pešić
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Invertebrate Zoology and HydrobiologyUniversity of LodzŁódźPoland
  2. 2.Department of Genetics and BiosystematicsUniversity of GdańskGdańskPoland
  3. 3.Faculty of SciencesUniversity of MontenegroPodgoricaMontenegro

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