Protistology 1 (4) 161–178 (2000)
Biodiversity of plasmodial slime moulds (Myxogastria): measurement and interpretation
Yuri K. Novozhilov, Martin Schnittler, Inna V. Zemlianskaia and Konstantin A. Fefelov
V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia,
For myxomycetes the understanding of their diversity and of their ecological function remains underdeveloped. Various problems in recording myxomycetes and analysis of their diversity are discussed by the examples taken from tundra, boreal, and arid areas of Russia and Kazakhstan. Recent advances in inventory of some regions of these areas are summarised. A rapid technique of moist chamber cultures can be used to obtain quantitative estimates of myxomycete species diversity and species abundance. Substrate sampling and species isolation by the moist chamber technique are indispensable for myxomycete inventory, measurement of species richness, and species abundance. General principles for the analysis of myxomycete diversity are discussed.
Key words: slime moulds, Mycetozoa, Myxomycetes, biodiversity, ecology, distribution, habitats
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