Davydov D.

Checklist of cyanobacteria from the European polar desert zone

Abstract The present study compiles the results of inventory of cyanobacteria species from the polar desert zone of Europe. The checklist includes actualized literature data from Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos, most of which are published in Russian, and the data from Svalbard archipelago. After the revision of nomenclature, the current checklist contains 176 species of cyanobacteria. The data on site characteristics, habitats, species frequency are provided. The study is the first generalization of the biodiversity of cyanobacteria in the European polar deserts, and it is important for the knowledge about their distribution and biodiversity in the Arctic. The flora analysis showed a decreasing trend of cyanobacterial biodiversity towards high latitude areas.

Doi https://doi.org/10.2478/botlit-2018-0018

Keywords biodiversity, Cyanoprokaryota, European Arctic, polar desert zone

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