Invertebrates in Temporary Wetland Ponds of the Temperate Biomes

Mike Jeffries, Luis Epele, Jered Studinski, Csaba Vad

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands. An International Perspective on their Ecology
EditorsDarold Batzer, Dani Boix
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer
Pages105-139
Number of pages656
ISBN (Print)978-3319249766
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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