Distribution of cyclopoid copepods in different subterranean habitats (southern Poland)

Jarosław Kur, Monika Mioduchowska, Adrianna Kilikowska

Paper category: Original research paper
Corresponding author: Jarosław Kur (jarek.kur@gmail.com)
DOI: 10.1515/ohs-2020-0023
Received: 09/10/2019
Accepted: 30/01/2020
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Citation: Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Volume 49, Issue 3, Pages 255–266, eISSN 1897-3191, ISSN 1730-413X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2020-0023.


The majority of Polish studies on freshwater cyclopoids focused on surface water fauna. There are relatively few data on copepods of subterranean waters. Thus, in our research, copepods were collected from 37 different, mostly groundwater-dependent habitats (i.e. caves, springs, wells, interstitial and overhead environments) over a period of five years between 2005 and 2010. A total of 22 species belonging to eight genera were found. Some species, previously not recorded or known only from a few sites in Poland, proved to be a frequent component of subterranean communities.


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