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Diversity and Spatial Distribution of Extant Freshwater Ostracodes (Crustacea) in Ancient Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania)

Institut für Geosysteme und Bioindikation, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Langer Kamp 19 c, Braunschweig 38106, Germany
Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Distrito Federal 04510, Mexico
Department of Geological Sciences & Land Use and Environmental Change Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Diversity 2014, 6(3), 524-550;
Received: 2 October 2013 / Revised: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 June 2014 / Published: 17 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Freshwater Biodiversity)
We carried out an intensive sampling survey in ancient Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania), covering all seasons, to determine total species number, relative species abundances and spatial distribution of Ostracoda. We identified 32 living species that belong to seven families (Candonidae, Ilyocyprididae, Cyprididae, Leptocytheridae, Limnocytheridae, Cytherideidae, and Darwinulidae) and 15 genera (Candona, Fabaeformiscandona, Candonopsis, Cypria, Cyclocypris, Ilyocypris, Eucypris, Prionocypris, Bradleystrandesia, Herpetocypris, Dolerocypris, Amnicythere, Paralimnocythere, Cytherissa, and Darwinula). Six additional species were identified from empty carapaces and valves. Dominant families in Lake Ohrid were Candonidae and Limnocytheridae, representing 53% and 16% of all species, respectively. Prevalence of species flocks in these two families confirms the “young” ancient status of the lake. Amnicythere displays a preference for oligo-haline to meso-haline waters, but some species are found in saline environments, which suggests Lake Ohrid has a marine history. Recent studies, however, indicate fluvial/glaciofluvial deposition at the onset of Lake Ohrid sedimentation. Candona is the most diverse genus in Lake Ohrid, represented by 12 living species. Paralimnocythere is represented by five living species and all other genera are represented by one or two species. Reports of Candona bimucronata, Ilyocypris bradyi, Eucypris virens, Eucypris sp., Prionocypris zenkeri, Bradleystrandesia reticulate, Herpetocypris sp. 2, and Dolerocypris sinensis are firsts for this lake. Living ostracodes were collected at the maximum water depth (280 m) in the lake (Candona hadzistei, C. marginatoides, C. media, C. ovalis, C. vidua, Fabaeformiscandona krstici, Cypria lacustris, C. obliqua and Amnicythere karamani). Cypria lacustris was overall the most abundant species and Cypria obliqua displayed the highest abundance at 280 m water depth. Principal environmental variables that influence ostracode distributions in Lake Ohrid are water depth and conductivity. In general, species richness, diversity and evenness were greater in waters <60 m deep, with highest values often found in the littoral zone, at depths <30 m. Candonids, however, displayed highest diversity in the sublittoral (30–50 m) and profundal (50–280 m) zones. The most frequent species encountered are taxa endemic to the lake (14 living species), which have a wide depth range (≤280 m), and display higher abundance with greater water depth. Non-endemic species were rare, limited to water depths <50 m, and were found mainly in the north part of the lake where anthropogenic pressure is high. Several cosmopolitan species were encountered for the first time, which suggests that these widespread species are new arrivals that may replace endemics as human impacts increase. View Full-Text
Keywords: Balkan Ostracoda; biodiversity; endemism; water depth; anthropogenic impact Balkan Ostracoda; biodiversity; endemism; water depth; anthropogenic impact
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Lorenschat, J.; Pérez, L.; Correa-Metrio, A.; Brenner, M.; Von Bramann, U.; Schwalb, A. Diversity and Spatial Distribution of Extant Freshwater Ostracodes (Crustacea) in Ancient Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania). Diversity 2014, 6, 524-550.

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Lorenschat J, Pérez L, Correa-Metrio A, Brenner M, Von Bramann U, Schwalb A. Diversity and Spatial Distribution of Extant Freshwater Ostracodes (Crustacea) in Ancient Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania). Diversity. 2014; 6(3):524-550.

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Lorenschat, Julia, Liseth Pérez, Alexander Correa-Metrio, Mark Brenner, Ullrich Von Bramann, and Antje Schwalb. 2014. "Diversity and Spatial Distribution of Extant Freshwater Ostracodes (Crustacea) in Ancient Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania)" Diversity 6, no. 3: 524-550.

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