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Abstract

Aboriginal and alien species of macrozoobenthos in watercourses of the Belarusian part of the Central European invasive corridor.

Abstract

The watercourses of the Central European Invasive Corridor were studied in 2016-2017. On the whole, 166 LIT (the lowest identified taxa) of macrozoobenthos of three types were found in the studied watercourses. Annelida were represented by 9 LIT, Mollusca - 34, whereas Arthropoda - by 123 LIT. Among them, 13 alien species included 3 representatives of Mollusca, 8 species of Amphipoda, 1 species of Mysidacea, and 1 species of Decapoda. The largest number of alien species was registered in the lower reaches of the Pripyat River, where they were most abundant. New localities of Faxonius limosus (Rafinesque, 1817), and also of Anax imperator Leach, 1815 and Brachytron pratense (Muller, 1764), belonging to the protected species within the territory of Belarus were found in the studied watercourses.