Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation

Protist Diversity and Geographical Distribution

Editors: Foissner, W., Hawksworth, David (Eds.)

  • Draws together a wide range of peer-reviewed primary research papers from biodiversity researchers around the world
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There is still a widespread belief that microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, protists, and small multicellulars, have a cosmopolitan distribution due to a presumed easy dispersal by wind and water. However, the contributions collected in this book – ranging from protists to rotifers and mosses – show that microorganisms have community structures and biogeographies similar to those found in animals and vascular plants, although the ranges of many can be wider and local endemism is rarer. Accordingly, the cosmopolitan distribution model of Finlay & Fenchel is to be replaced by the moderate endemicity model of Foissner, which assumes that one third of microscopic organisms are morphological and/or genetic endemics. This has far-reaching consequences for estimates of the number of species and their conservation. There is convincing evidence that we know only about 20% of the actual diversity in many protist groups, especially saprotrophs and heterotrophs such as amoebae, flagellates, and ciliates. It is probable that this great diversity of microscopic organisms is caused by low extinction rates over geological time, and short generation times which foster dispersal of genetic variants. That the great diversity of microorganisms has remained unrecognized for such a long time has several reasons, of which the most serious is a shortage of taxonomists. Considering the dramatic losses of habitats occurring, especially in the tropics, a large portion of the Earth’s protist biodiversity will disappear before it has been discovered.

Reprinted from Biodiversity and Conservation, volume 17:2 (2008)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Protist diversity and distribution: some basic considerations

    Foissner, Wilhelm

    Pages 1-8

  • Distribution and diversity of aquatic protists: an evolutionary and ecological perspective

    Weisse, Thomas

    Pages 9-25

  • “Missing” protists: a molecular prospective

    Epstein, Slava (et al.)

    Pages 27-42

  • Diversity, dispersal and biogeography of bryophytes (mosses)

    Frahm, Jan-Peter

    Pages 43-50

  • Myxomycete diversity and distribution from the fossil record to the present

    Stephenson, Steven L. (et al.)

    Pages 51-67

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Protist Diversity and Geographical Distribution
Editors
  • W. Foissner
  • David Hawksworth
Series Title
Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2801-3
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2801-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2800-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3684-9
Series ISSN
1875-1288
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 211
Additional Information
Reprinted from Biodiversity and Conservation, volume 17, No. 2, 2008
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