Seasonal ponds, pingos, mallines, soda pans, dune slacks, potholes, lime-sinks and subsidence ponds are fundamental habitats of the temperate biomes, easy to overlook amongst the wider landscape or to dismiss because of their small size and ephemeral nature. Their invertebrates are a disproportionately rich and rare mix, whose natural history has challenged ecologists to research space and time. Our hope is that this chapter does them justice and captures something of the charm of fairy shrimps, the fascination of water beetles and the mysteries of midges. Their ecology, Watson’s ( 1921 ) “wondrous fashion of a fairy tale”, is as fascinating as ever.
|Title of host publication||Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands. An International Perspective on their Ecology|
|Editors||Darold Batzer, Dani Boix|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||656|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|