THE LAST FRONTIER IN FRESHWATER BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH: GROUNDWATER

Joerg Arnscheidt, Karin Eriksson

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Abstract

Groundwater fauna has very specific characteristics that set it far apart from taxonomically related freshwater organisms in surface environments. In spite of some regional advances groundwater biodiversity remains poorly studied on a world wide scale. There is certainly a huge knowledge gap with regard to Asian groundwater fauna. Although scientific investigation already has revealed a very high biodiversity especially in Southeast Asian surface water environments, knowledge of subterranean aquatic fauna still remains scarce. Investigative efforts so far seem to have focussed on relatively few sites, mostly caves. Based on experience from Ireland, surveys of rural dug wells and boreholes could be a cost effective alternative that would rapidly advance the knowledge of biodiversity in Asian groundwater fauna in large areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Asian Trans-disciplinary Karst Conference 2011
EditorsEko Haryono, Tjahyo Nugroho Adji
Place of PublicationYogyakarta, Indonesia
PublisherUniversitas Gadjah Mada
Pages267-274
ISBN (Print)978-602-8487-17-7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

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Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • biogeography
  • subterranean fauna
  • Crustacea
  • Niphargus

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