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title The subterranean fauna of a biodiversity hotspot region - Portugal: an overview and its conservation
authors Reboleira, ASPS; Borges, PAV; Goncalves, F; Serrano, ARM; Oromi, P
author full name Reboleira, Ana Sofia P. S.; Borges, Paulo A. V.; Goncalves, Fernando; Serrano, Artur R. M.; Oromi, Pedro
title The subterranean fauna of a biodiversity hotspot region - Portugal: an overview and its conservation
nationality internacional
language English
document type Article
author keywords Biospeleology; hypogean fauna; patterns of diversity; conservation; caves; karst; lava tubes; Portugal; Azores; Madeira
abstract An overview of the obligate hypogean fauna in Portugal (including Azores and Madeira archipelagos) is provided, with a list of obligated cave-dwelling species and subspecies, and a general perspective about its conservation. All the available literature on subterranean Biology of Portugal since the first written record in 1870 until today has been revised. A total of 43 troglobiont and 67 stygobiont species and subspecies from 12 orders have been described so far in these areas, included in the so-called Mediterranean hotspot of biodiversity. The subterranean fauna in Portugal has been considered moderately poor with some endemic relicts and it remains to be demonstrated if this fact is still true after investing in standard surveys in cave environments. The major problems related to the conservation of cave fauna are discussed, but it is clear that the protection of this specialized fauna implies an adequate management of surface habitats.
author address [Reboleira, Ana Sofia P. S.; Goncalves, Fernando] Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3800 Aveiro, Portugal; [Reboleira, Ana Sofia P. S.; Goncalves, Fernando] Univ Aveiro, Dept Biol, P-3800 Aveiro, Portugal; [Reboleira, Ana Sofia P. S.; Oromi, Pedro] Univ La Laguna, Dept Biol Anim, E-38207 San Cristobal la Laguna, Spain; [Borges, Paulo A. V.] Univ Acores, Dept Ciencias Agr CITAA, Azorean Biodivers Grp, Terceira, Acores, Portugal; [Serrano, Artur R. M.] Univ Lisbon, Fac Ciencias, Dept Biol Anim, Ctr Biol Ambiental, Lisbon, Portugal
reprint address Reboleira, ASPS (reprint author), Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3800 Aveiro, Portugal.
e-mail address sreboleira@ua.pt
researcherid number Borges, Paulo/B-2780-2008; Goncalves, Fernando/B-8000-2008
orcid number Borges, Paulo/0000-0002-8448-7623; Goncalves, Fernando/0000-0002-9326-187X
funding agency and grant number Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology [SFRH/BD/45744/2008]; FCT [PTDC/AMB/70801/2006]
cited reference count 107
times cited 11
total times cited count (wos, bci, and cscd) 12
publisher city BOLOGNA
publisher address VIA ZAMBONI 67, BOLOGNA, 40126, ITALY
issn 0392-6672
iso source abbreviation INT J SPELEOL
publication date Int. J. Speleol.
year published 2011
volume 40
issue 1
beginning page 23
ending page 37
book digital object identifier (doi) 10.5038/1827-806X.40.1.4
web of science category 15
subject category Geology; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
document delivery number Geology
unique article identifier 717WP