Rotifera from Western Australian wetlands with descriptions of two new species

  • W. Koste
  • R. J. Shiel
  • M. A. Brock
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Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 14)


The rotifer fauna of 100 fresh and saline wetlands of southwest Western Australia is documented. A systematic list of 83 recorded taxa is given, with eleven new records for the continent and two new species (Brachionus pinneenaus n. sp. and Lecane boorali n. sp.) described and figured. Species assemblages are distinct from those of eastern Australia, with predominant taxa halophilous or indicative of ephemeral waters. Evolutionary and biogeographical relationships of the Western Australian rotifers are considered.


rotifers Western Australia ephemeral waters zoogeography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Koste
    • 1
  • R. J. Shiel
    • 2
  • M. A. Brock
    • 3
  1. 1.QuakenbrückFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Environmental & Life SciencesMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia

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