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Diversity and Structure of Pelagic Zooplankton (Crustacea, Rotifera) in NE Poland

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Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Białystok, Ciołkowskiego 1J, 15-245 Białystok, Poland
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Research Station in Mikołajki, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Pasteur 3, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland
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Water 2021, 13(4), 456; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040456
Received: 6 December 2020 / Revised: 5 February 2021 / Accepted: 7 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Species Richness and Diversity of Aquatic Ecosystems)
This study presents the diversity and structure of pelagic zooplankton in north-eastern Poland. The research was conducted in 47 lakes with different trophic conditions in the middle of summer. Samples were collected close to the deepest part of the lakes to avoid the diverse benthic and littoral zones. We found 119 zooplankton species of which 32 were Cladocera, 16 were Cyclopoida, 4 were Calanoida, and 67 were Rotifera. We determined which species occurred most frequently in the region, as well as the species that were characteristic of different trophic conditions. We also recorded the presence of eight cold-adapted species which some of them are considered as glacial relicts (e.g., Eurytemora lacustris, Heterocope appendiculata, Cyclops lacustris). Our research revealed potential glacial refugia for planktonic species in 14 lakes of NE Poland. Our study suggests that the presence of stenotherm species may be an excellent indicator of the ecological status of deep lakes and could be considered in lake monitoring programs. Furthermore, we did not find Bythotrephes longimanus which has been reported from Poland. Instead, we found that B. brevimanus was the most common representative of the genus in the study area. View Full-Text
Keywords: species richness; plankton; community structure; trophy; glacial relicts; Bythotrephes species richness; plankton; community structure; trophy; glacial relicts; Bythotrephes
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Karpowicz, M.; Ejsmont-Karabin, J. Diversity and Structure of Pelagic Zooplankton (Crustacea, Rotifera) in NE Poland. Water 2021, 13, 456. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040456

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Karpowicz M, Ejsmont-Karabin J. Diversity and Structure of Pelagic Zooplankton (Crustacea, Rotifera) in NE Poland. Water. 2021; 13(4):456. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040456

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Karpowicz, Maciej; Ejsmont-Karabin, Jolanta. 2021. "Diversity and Structure of Pelagic Zooplankton (Crustacea, Rotifera) in NE Poland" Water 13, no. 4: 456. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040456

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