Marine, Freshwater, and Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-04-04
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag

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Marine, coastal and wetland habitats are threatened, not only through exploitation, but also by the prospect of climate change - as ocean currents change course, sea levels rise, and rainfall patterns change. Even the once-common cod is now under threat from the combined effects of over-fishing and a dramatic change-induced decrease in the plankton that cod larvae feed on. Meanwhile, coral reefs remain especially vulnerable to rapid sea-level changes exacerbated by the effects of tourism and disease. This book gathers together a wide range of papers reporting on key research into the biodiversity conservation of these critical and increasingly threatened habitats. Collectively these papers provide a snap-shot of the types of problems they are experiencing, and offer a wealth of topical examples which render this volume especially valuable to teachers of courses in marine, freshwater and wetlands ecology, biological conservation and ecological restoration.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Extinction of fen and bog plants and their habitats in Croatiap. 3
Floristic and ecological diversity of Ranunculus aquatic habitats in the sub-Atlantic range: implications for conservationp. 15
Testing the higher-taxon approach: a case study of aquatic marcophytes in China's northwest arid zone and its implications for conservationp. 33
Aquatic plants diversity in arid zones of Northwest China: patterns, threats and conservationp. 49
Red Data List of Charophytes in the Balkansp. 77
Seasonal changes in bird species diversity at the interface between forest and reed-bedp. 91
Plant-water regime management in a wet-land: consequences for a floating vegetation-nesting bird, whiskered tern Chlidonias hybridusp. 101
Population trends and calling phenology of anuran populations surveyed in Ontario estimated using acoustic-surveysp. 113
Diversity of anurans across agricultural ponds in Argentinap. 131
Species turnover: the case of stream amphibians of rainforests in the Western Ghats, southern Indiap. 147
Small-scale biogeographical patterns in some ground-water Crustacea, the syncarid, Parabathynellidae.p. 159
Freshwater finfish biodiversity and conservation: an asian perspectivep. 175
The upper reached ichthyofauna of the Tiete River, Sao Paulo, Brazil: aspects of their diversity and conservationp. 201
Captive breeding of endangered fish Chitala chitala (Hamilton-Buchanan) for species conservation and sustainable utilizationp. 211
Distinctive invertebrate assemblages in rockface seepages enhance lotic biodiversity in northern New Zealandp. 223
Rare, threatened and alien species in the gastropod communities in the clay pit ponds in relation to the environmental factors (The Ciechanowska Upland, Central Poland)p. 249
Littoral mollusc communities and water quality in southern Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadap. 269
Coral diversity across a disturbance gradient in the Pulau Seribu reef complex off Jakarta, Indonesiap. 285
Biological characterisation of a subtidal tunnel in Sao Miguel island (Azores)p. 307
Faunal change and bathymetric diversity gradient in deep-sea prosobranchs from Northeastern Atlanticp. 317
Distribution and abundance of marine turtles in the Socialist Republic of Viet Namp. 335
Invertebrate infestation on eggs and hatchlings of the loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, in Dalaman, Turkeyp. 353
Marine sponges of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia: patterns of species distributions, abundance and diversityp. 363
Effects of habitat alteration caused by petrochemical activities and oil spills on the habitat use and interspecific relationships among four species of Afrotropical freshwater turtlesp. 383
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