• Renê Skarabotto Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná - PUC
  • Julia Madrid Urbano Universidade Federal de São Carlos - UFSCar
  • Jorge Laço Portinho Bolsista CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) na Embrapa, Meio Ambiente
  • Gilmar Perbiche-Neves Universidade Federal de São Carlos - UFSCar




Cladocera, Cyclopoida, geographic distribution, limnology, mountain aquatic fauna


The aim of this study was to assess the abundance and richness of microcrustacean, and water physical and chemical characteristics of a high-altitude pond in the Serra do Mar at State of Paraná. Water samples were collected quarterly between August 2015 and August 2016. Environmental conditions of pond were characterized by small pond size and depth, cold and well oxygenated water, and neutral or slightly acid pH. Mean total microcrustacean density was 945.0 ind m-3, whereas total taxon richness was 3.40. The most abundant species was Tropocyclops prasinus. The small size and the isolament of the pond, and the low temperatures were related to the low species richness and abundance. This study is unprecedented to the State of Paraná. Future studies attempt to understand the environmental conditions and distribution of microcrustaceans from high-altitude ponds.


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