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Arnscheidt, Joerg and Eriksson, Karin (2011) THE LAST FRONTIER IN FRESHWATER BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH: GROUNDWATER. In: Proceedings Asian Trans-disciplinary Karst Conference 2011. (Eds: Haryono, Eko and Adji, Tjahyo Nugroho), Polydoor & Faculty of Geography Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pp. 267-274. ISBN 978-602-8487-17-7 [Book section]

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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.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Biodiversity, biogeography, subterranean fauna, Crustacea, Niphargus
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Freshwater Sciences
ID Code:27228
Deposited By: Dr Joerg Arnscheidt
Deposited On:29 Sep 2013 08:56
Last Modified:29 Sep 2013 08:56

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