Springs are spatially restricted and insular ecotones. In the Alps, topography enhances this isolation. Springs are to a certain extent inhabited by organisms which are adapted to the relatively constant environmental conditions in springs. We examined thirty-six springs in eight different areas in the Swiss National Park (SNP) to understand if the macroinvertebrate assemblages of high-elevation...
Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Biogeographie (Nagel)
Blattner, Lucas; Gerecke, Reinhard; Von Fumetti, Stefanie
Background: Water mites are among the most diverse organisms inhabiting freshwater habitats and are considered as substantial part of the species communities in springs. As parasites, Hydrachnidia influence other invertebrates and play an important role in aquatic ecosystems. In Europe, 137 species are known to appear solely in or near spring- heads. New species are described frequently,...
Parasites and Vectors
Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Geoökologie (Heiri)
Publication: ConferencePaper (Artikel, die in Tagungsbänden erschienen sind)