List of Contributors.- 1. Pattern and Process in Balkan Biodiversity - an overview; B. KryStufek, J.M. Reed.- 2. The physical geography of the Balkans and nomenclature of place names; J.M. Reed, B. KryStufek, W.J. Eastwood.- Part 1: Terrestrial.- 3. East Mediterranean vegetation and climate change; W.J. Eastwood.- 4. The Balkans as prime glacial refugial territory of European temperate trees; P.C. Tzedakis.- 5. Quaternary biotic interactions in Slovenia and adjacent regions: the vegetation; D. Watts.- 6. A quantitative assessment of Balkan mammal diversity; B. KryStufek.- 7. Karyotypic variation in mammals of the Balkan Peninsula; J. Zima.- 8. Late Pleistocene rodent dispersal in the Balkans; G. Storch.- 9. Early hominids in the Balkans; N. Galanidou.- 10. The biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles in the Balkan Peninsula; G. Dzukic, M.L.Kalezic.- 11. A zoogeographical review of the spiders (Araneae) of the Balkan Peninsula; C. Deltshev.- Part 2: Aquatic.- 12. Distribution pattern of the aquatic fauna of the Balkan Peninsula; P.M. Banarescu.- 13. The bivalve mollusc fauna of ancient lakes in the context of the historical biogeography of the Balkan region; A.V. Korniushin.- 14. A faunistic review of the modern and fossil molluscan fauna from Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina, an ancient lake in NW Greece: implications for endemism in the Balkans; M.R. Frogley , R.C. Preece.- 15. Fossil ostracods, faunistics and the evolution of regional biodiversity; H.I. Griffiths, M.R. Frogley.- 16. The potential of diatoms as biodiversity indicators in the Balkans; J.M. Reed.- 17. The current status of Adriatic fish biodiversity; L. Lipej, J. Dulcic.- Part 3:Subterranean.- 18. A census of the obligate subterranean fauna of the Balkan Peninsula; B. Sket, K. Paragamian, P. Trontelj.- 19. Diversity of Copepoda (Crustacea) in the unsaturated zone of Karstic caves of Slovenia; A. Brancelj, T. Pipan.- Subject Index
This is the first attempt to synthesize current understanding of biodiversity in the great European hot spot. A diverse group of international researchers offers perspective on biodiversity at the level of the gene, species and ecosystem, including contributions on temporal change. Biological groups include plants, mammals, spiders and humans, cave-dwelling organisms, fish, aquatic invertebrates and algae.
Provides the first synthetic volume of the origin and current status of Balkan biodiversity