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Ronikier, Anna, Michal Ronikier & Anna Drozdowicz. Diversity of nivicolous myxomycetes in the Gorce mountains – a low-altitude massif of the Western Carpathians. Mycotaxon 103: 337-352. 2008.

ABSTRACT: Nivicolous myxomycetes constitute an ecologically well-defined group of organisms requiring the particular set of environmental conditions that occur in mountain habitats with long-lasting winter snow cover. In Europe, relatively complex data sets relating to this group are available only from the Alps and mountains of the Iberian peninsula, whereas there is almost no data from other mountainous areas. In order to contribute to the knowledge of the diversity and distribution of this group in the central European mountains, we carried out the first comprehensive study in the Carpathians, one of the major parts of the European mountain system. A survey of the diversity of nivicolous myxomycetes was conducted in a low-elevation area of the Gorce Mountains (Western Carpathians, Poland), including fieldwork during six seasons. We recorded 18 species, ten of which are reported for the first time from Poland. Diderma niveum, Lepidoderma chailletii and Lamproderma ovoideum repeatedly occurred very abundantly and represented an important element in the spring phenological aspect of glades and shrub communities of the study area.

KEYWORDS: biogeography, taxonomy

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