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A Survey of the Latvian Freshwater Free-Living Copepoda Fauna

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This paper gives an overview of the free-living freshwater copepod fauna (Calanoida, Cyclopoida, and Harpacticoida) of Latvia. The overview will focus on the composition of the species of freeliving Copepoda in Latvian fresh waters from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, and will summarize both the known literature and new, unpublished data. Some of this information has not been previously published outside of Latvia and/or the former Soviet Union. A comprehensive list of the known Copepoda species in Latvia is presented here, complete with a review of some significant historical facts regarding Copepoda research in Latvia, a discussion of synonyms and some erroneously used taxon names, and information regarding the species' geographical distribution and the similarity of the species composition to that of other European ecoregions. A total of 62 freshwater species and subspecies are reported. Further detailed taxonomic studies will improve our knowledge of the free-living Copepoda species composition in Latvian fresh waters. Diese Arbeit gibt einen Überblick über die freilebenden Süßwasser-Copepoden (Calanoida, Cyclopoida und Harpacticoida) Lettlands. Als Grundlage wurden verschiedene, seit Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts verfügbare Literaturquellen sowie neue Daten ausgewertet, von denen einige noch nicht außerhalb Lettlands und/oder der ehemaligen Sowjetunion veröffentlicht worden sind. Diese Daten beziehen sich auf die Artenzusammensetzung freilebender Copepodenarten in lettischen Binnengewässern. Insgesamt konnten 62 Arten und Unterarten nachgewiesen werden. Als Hintergrund werden verschiedene historisch bedeutende Fakten über die Copepodenforschung in Lettland mitgeteilt und es wird eine Liste aller bislang bekannten Arten zusammengestellt. Synonyme und einige in früheren Publikationen fälschlicherweise verwendete Namen werden diskutiert. Informationen über die geographische Verbreitung der Arten in Lettland werden präsentiert und Ähnlichkeiten in der Artenzusammensetzung mit anderen Ökoregionen Europas diskutiert.

Affiliations: 1: Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Gaustadalléen 21, NO-0349 Oslo, Norway, Daugavpils University, Institute of Ecology, Vienibas 13, Daugavpils, LV-5400, Latvia;, Email:; 2: Daugavpils University, Institute of Ecology, Vienibas 13, Daugavpils, LV-5400, Latvia; 3: Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Daugavgrivas 8, Riga, LV-1048, Latvia


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