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Arthropod faunal diversity of Cyprus

This checklist is still in the alpha stage. As you will notice, there are some glaring gaps - no cockroaches, hemipterans are sorely lacking - while other taxa have hundreds of species under their name. This merely reflects the progress in the bibliographic work - this is a solo project done in my spare time, [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Arthropods of Cyprus: Statistics

Link to checklist. Total Number of Species: 6017 Latest update: 03.03.2013 Chelicerata: 60 families, 169 species. Acari: 62 species. Araneae: 79 species. Opiliones: 2 species. Pseudoscorpiones: 16 species Scorpiones: 5 species Solifugae: 5 species. Crustacea: 13 families, 32 species. Amphipoda: 4 species. Anostraca: 3 species. Diplostraca: 4 species. Isopoda: 18 species. Podocopida: 3 species. Hexapoda: [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Potentially endemic avifauna of Cyprus

Aim: to evaluate the taxonomic status of five breeding endemic subspecies on the island of Cyprus with the use of genotypic and phenotypic (morphological, molecular and acoustical) material. Loxia curvirostra guillemardi Periparus ater cypriotes Certhia brachydactyla dorotheae Otus scops cyprius Garrulus glandarius glaszneri The need for this evaluation stems from the fact that the techniques [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Arthropods of Cyprus Checklist

Link to statistics. Last update: 03.03.2013 Overview Chelicerata Crustacea Hexapoda Myriapoda Tardigrada Chelicerata Order Family Full Name Acari Acherontacaridae Acherontacarus cyprioticus Acari Alycidae Bimichaelia augustana Acari Amblyommidae Haemaphysalis punctata Acari Amblyommidae Hyalomma aegyptium Acari Amblyommidae Hyalomma anatolicum Acari Amblyommidae Hyalomma anatolicum Acari Amblyommidae Hyalomma marginatum Acari Amblyommidae Hyalomma marginatum Acari Amblyommidae Rhipicephalus bursa Acari Amblyommidae [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Checklist of arthropods on Cyprus

Link to the checklist and statistics. Aim: To compile a checklist of the arthropods of Cyprus to use as a basis for evolutionary studies on the evolution of endemism in Cypriot arthropods. This will be supplemented with locality records in the future, as well as a comprehensive bibliography. Methods: The checklist and locality data are [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Causes of arthropod endemism on Cyprus

Aim: To investigate the relative importances of isolation and underlying geology on the evolution of endemic arthropods on Cyprus. Methods: This project blends several disciplines, ranging from geology and pedology to evolution, biogeography, and physiology. See the "Project rationale and scientific context" section, below, for background information. Soil and plant-associated arthropod communities are being collected [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Shallow water corals of Cyprus

Shallow water corals of Cyprus (eastern Mediterranean) The first ecological study of the scleractinian corals of the island of Cyprus. The following poster was presented by Dr. Carlos Jimenez at the Euro International Society for Reef Studies Symposium 2010: Reefs in a changing environment held between 13-17 December 2010 in Wageningen, Netherlands. This project is [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Palaeoecology of marine habitats

Aim: Ecological reconstruction of past and ancient marine habitats of Cyprus. Objectives: Reconstruct the composition and diversity of marine communities, particularly in coralligenous habitats. Study of the past relationships between marine organisms (e.g. epibionts) in the fossil records from different habitats (e.g. coastal, marine). Study of the growth rates of calcifying organisms in the fossil [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances on the Marine Habitats

Aim: To understand the resilience of the marine ecosystems to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Objectives: Baseline data on the composition of coralligenous habitats in relation to inputs of terrestrial and atmospheric nutrients. Document the occurrence of mass mortality and bleaching of corals associated to sea warming events. Study of the cascading effects of non-native marine [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Coralligenous Habitats

Aim: Assessment of the deep and shallow water coralligenous habitats. Objectives: Built a baseline data platform of the status, distribution and species composition of the coralligenous habitats around Cyprus. Monitoring of the responses of the coralligenous to environmental changes by targeting specific groups of organisms (e.g. corals and bryozoans). Study of the epibionts in shallow [...]

February 13th, 2017|