Meiofaunal richness in highly acidic hot springs in Unzen-Amakusa National Park, Japan, including the first rediscovery attempt for Mesotardigrada

Suzuki, Atsushi C., Kagoshima, Hiroshi, Chilton, Glen, Grothman, Gary T., Johansson, Carl, and Tsujimoto, Megumu (2017) Meiofaunal richness in highly acidic hot springs in Unzen-Amakusa National Park, Japan, including the first rediscovery attempt for Mesotardigrada. Zoological Science, 34 (1). pp. 11-17.

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Abstract

Extreme environments sometimes support surprisingly high meiofaunal diversity. We sampled runoff from the acidic hot springs of Unzen, Japan. This is the type locality of Thermozodium esakii Rahm, 1937, the only tardigrade in the class Mesotardigrada, which remains contentious in the absence of corroboration or supporting specimens. Our sampling revealed at least three species of arthropods, four rotifers, and five nematodes living in the hot (ca. 40°C) and acidic (ca. pH 2.5) water, but no tardigrades.

Item ID: 48074
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2212-3830
Keywords: meiofauna; tardigrade; extreme environments; low pH; nematode; rotifer; arthropod
Funders: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Projects and Grants: JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research No. 15K060906, JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research No. 23247012
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 05:18
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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