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Branchiopodes (Cténopodes et Anomopodes) et Copépodes des eaux continentales d'Afrique du Nord : inventaire et biodiversité

Samia MOUELHI, Gérard BALVAY & Mohamed M. KRAÏEM

fr Zoosystema 22 (4) - Pages 731-748

Published on 29 December 2000

Branchiopoda (Ctenopoda and Anomopoda) and Copepoda of continental waters of North Africa: inventory and biodiversity

This study presents an inventory of the different species of Branchiopoda and Copepoda recorded in North Africa. Algeria seems to be richer and more diversified with 121 species (49 Branchiopoda and 72 Copepoda), followed by Morocco with 117 species (51 Branchiopoda and 66 Copepoda) and Tunisia with 94 species (36 Branchiopoda and 58 Copepoda). At the level of family and genus, the various stocks present a great similarity, but not at the level of species. The communities of Algeria and Morocco seem more closely related to each other than to Tunisia. A palearctic and Ethiopian origin of this fauna has been found in the three countries of North Africa.

Keywords :

Inventory, Branchiopoda, Ctenopoda, Anomopoda, Copepoda, Crustacea, biogeography, diversity, continental waters, North Africa.

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