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Global diversity of cladocerans (Cladocera; Crustacea) in freshwater

Authors:L. Forró, N. M. Korovchinsky, A. A. Kotov and A. Petrusek

Abstract:Cladocera is a primarily-freshwater monophyletic group, an important component of the microcrustacean zooplankton. They inhabit most types of continental fresh and saline water habitats, occurring more abundantly in both temporary and permanent stagnant waters. Cladocera is an ancient group of Palaeozoic origin. About 620 species are currently known, but we estimate that the real number of species is 2–4 times higher. A number of currently-recognised widespread species can be expected to harbour extensive cryptic diversity.

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