Enalia Physis was invited and participated in the event organised by the European funded.
BIOforLIFE project on the 11th of March 2015, in Paralimni. During the event Enalia Physis members Iakovos Tziortzis presented the ecological importance of the wetland, the most important species and habitats present in the lake and the opportunities arising from a proper management and promotion of the lake, in the benefit of local communities.
The event stimulated the interest of local authorities and local habitats who were present and showed their interest on the matter. The most important for us is the fact that the issues discussed puzzled the audience and draw the interest of media, therefore giving food for thought and looking the issue from a different perspective for the first time.
The presentation of Enalia Physis can be found here Paralimni lake_BioforLife.
Below you may view the media coverage given by RIK channel, as well as some photos from the event.
A new species for the fauna of Cyprus has been recently reported by Enalia Physis and collaborators from Cyprus, Greece and Italy. The Notostacan species Triops cancriformis was recorded in Paralimni Lake, a temporary brackish lake, in 2013. T. cancriformis is considered a living fossil, since scientific reports date the species back to the Jurassic period (approximately 180 million years ago). DNA analysis was conducted on the specimens collected, in order to carry out the molecular identification of the taxon. The mtDNA analysis verified the morphological identification of the species and revealed that the reported Cyprus population is genetically identical to observed specimens from Italy and Serbia. This new finding highlights the importance of Paralimni lake and the need for proper water and habitat management in the area. In addition it reminds to all of us the little attention given in wetlands, especially temporary ponds and lakes, of Cyprus.
The findings of the study were published by Tziortzis I. et al. in the scientific journal LIMNETICA under the title ”First record of the Tadpole Shrimp Triops cancriformis (Branchiopoda, Notostraca) in Cyprus”, and can be accessed here.
Enalia Physis was founded by people who shared the same passion for the environment and were guided by the same vision: to conduct and promote environmental research in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems and to encourage and enhance education and ecological awareness of the general public.
Enalia Physis members are still serving these purposes and the scientific work that has been quietly and diligently taking place the last few years, both in marine and freshwater biomes, has yield significant results.
The following publications were authored by Enalia Physis Environmental Research Center members (bold) in 2014:
Jimenez C., Hadjioannou L., Petrou A., Nikolaidis A., Evriadou M. & Lange M. 2014. Mortality of coralligenous organisms associated to seawater temperature anomalies in the Levantine Sea (Cyprus). Regional Environmental Change. doi: 10.1007/s10113-014-0729-2.
Tziortzis I., Zogaris S., Papatheodoulou A. & Marrone F. 2014. First record of the Tadpole Shrimp Triops cancriformis (Branchiopoda, Notostraca) in Cyprus. Limnetica 33 (2), 341-348. Link
Research is of course continuous, and we hope that more exciting outcomes will arise from our current activities in the near future. So stay tuned and if interested, join us in this fascinating journey.