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Epikarst A Promising Habitat
Copepod Fauna, its diversity and ecology: a case study from Slovenia (Europe)
Zalozba ZRC Publications, Carsologica Series
Order No./Bestell Nr./Art. No.: 00902
The book represents a detailed study of the fauna
of drips and drip pools in six caves in Slovenia (Postojnska jama, Pivka
jama, Cırna jama, Sıkocjanske jame, Dimnice & Zıupanova jama). Drips
and drip pools are important because they are just about the only way
of assessing the epikarst community. Using a special sampling device,
it was possible to sample individual drips for extended periods of time.
A total of 37 species of copepods were found in drips and drip pools.
Significant differences in the fauna between drips and pools, presumably
because of differential survival and reproduction in pools were found.
Somewhat surprisingly it was found that the kind of pool, e.g., mud-bottomed
compared to calcite bottomed, made little difference.
«All in all, (this) study represents a major
step forward in understanding epikarst communities, and used technique
of continuous sampling of drips and the concomitant measurement of environmental
parameters proved most illuminating. It probably raises as many questions
as it answers, and this helps to set the stage for future research.»
TANJA PIPAN is a Research Fellow at the Karst Research
Institute of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of
Sciences and Arts (Postojna, Slovenia). She has been actively working
on karst areas of SW Slovenia since 1995. At the Biotechnical Faculty,
Department of Biology, University of Ljubljana she gained her masters
degree and doctoral dissertation in 2003. Carrying out extensive systematic
research of the stygobiotic fauna, she contributed the fundamental knowledge
to the understanding of the life within the epikarst zone. The value for
her scientific contribution is demonstrated by the fact that she received
a grant from the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of
Sciences and Arts for important scientific achievements in the field of
research conducted in the ZRC SAZU and as the most significant young researcher
from ZRC SAZU for scientific work in 2003. She also received the SIBIOS
(Société Internationale de Biospéologie) Prize for
the best Presentation during the XVIIth International Symposium of Biospeleology
at Raipur, India in 2004.