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Stankovic I.,Central Water Management Laboratory | Vlahovic T.,Croatian Natural History Museum | Gligora Udovic M.,University of Zagreb | Varbiro G.,Balaton Limnological Research Institute | Borics G.,Balaton Limnological Research Institute
Hydrobiologia | Year: 2012

Influence of hydrological characteristics and nutrient concentrations on phytoplankton was investigated in four large rivers (Mura, Drava, Danube and Sava) in the Pannonian ecoregion in Croatia to understand how phytoplankton of rivers can be explained by the "different functional group approach". To gain a clearer understanding of the factors that affect river phytoplankton, the present study examined phytoplankton biomass and composition in relationship with physical and chemical parameters assessed in detail by preparing self-organising maps using functional groups and morpho-functional groups. Total nitrogen along with water residence time showed to be the best predictor to determine phytoplankton biomass and chlorophyll a. Phytoplankton diversity increased with higher water discharge, but it had the consequence of diluting algae and decreasing biomass. Bacillariophyceae and Chlorophyceae species dominated the phytoplankton assemblages in all rivers. Diatoms predominated in rivers with shorter residence time. Dominant diatom codons of functional groups were C, D and TB while morpho-functional groups were represented by only diatom group VI. As residence time increased, the proportion of chlorococcalean green algae, represented by functional group codon T and morpho-functional group IV grew in summer. Since potamoplankton is dominated by diatoms, functional groups with its fine partition of diatom codons proved to be excellent descriptor of the potamoplankton. Application of morpho-functional groups originally developed from the lake data, showed to be limiting because of the predominating presence of only one diatom group. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Source


Stamol V.,Croatian Natural History Museum
Natura Croatica | Year: 2010

By examination of extensive literature data, a list of the terrestrial snails of Croatia has been compiled. A list of Croatian names for each taxon is also provided for the first time. Croatian endemic species and subspecies are indicated. Source


Hill C.A.,University of Arizona | Radovcic J.,Croatian Natural History Museum | Frayer D.W.,University of Kansas
American Journal of Physical Anthropology | Year: 2014

Previous studies comparing bony labyrinth morphology in geographically-dispersed samples of Neandertals and modern Homo sapiens (H. sapiens) showed that Neandertals generally have smaller semicircular canals than modern H. sapiens (Hublin et al.,; Spoor et al.,; Glantz et al.,). Here we analyze the morphology of a single group of Neandertal specimens from one locale, the Krapina site, to determine the intraspecific variation in Neandertal semicircular canal sizes. Dimensions of the semicircular canals were collected from computed tomography scans of nine temporal bones. With the rare exception, the dimensions of the semicircular canals in the Krapina sample are similar to those previously reported across a geographically-dispersed sample of Neandertals, further supporting previous studies that suggest low levels of variation in the semicircular canals for Neandertals. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source


Pavlinic I.,Croatian Natural History Museum | Lojkic I.,Croatian Veterinary Institute
European Journal of Wildlife Research | Year: 2015

This article is the first confirmed report of the species Pseudogymnoascus destructans in Croatia. In April 2013, 18 bats were found dead in the winter hibernaculum of the Uviraljka swallow hole. All the dead bats were of the species Myotis myotis, and thus a possible Pd infection was suspected. DNA analysis of wing samples was conducted and sequence and phylogenetic analysis confirmed that samples of all carcasses were positive for P. destructans. These results are the first known record of this fungus in Croatia. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source


This paper discusses the reliability of data on finding localities of the land snail Lindholmiola corcyrensis (Rossmässler, 1838) in Croatia and concludes that this species has probably never inhabited and probably does not inhabit Croatia. © 2016, Croatian Natural History Museum. All rights reserved. Source

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