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Mollusc community patterns and species response curves along a mineral richness gradient: a case study in fens



Year of publication 2006
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Biogeography
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Faculty of Science

Field Zoology
Keywords Calcicole-calcifuge behaviour; community pattern; fens; mineral richness; mollusc communities; speciesresponse curve; Western Carpathians
Description Conductivity is the only reliable proxy measure of mineral richness across the entire gradient, within the confines of this study. This information is of great ecological significance in studies of fen mollusc communities. Species richness does not increase with increasing mineral richness along the entire gradient: only a few species are able to dwell in the extremely base-rich sites. The five types of calcicole-calcifuge behaviour seen in species living in fens have a wider application: data published so far suggest they are also applicable to mollusc communities in other habitats.
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