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Freshwater Crayfish 27(1): 69-74 (2022)

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How Well Do Protected Areas Safeguard Endangered White-Clawed Crayfish in Croatia?

Maguire I, Lovrenčić L and Temunović M  e-mail link

Published Online: 12/31/2022

Abstract

Croatian freshwaters are inhabited by four native European crayfish species. One of them is the white-clawed crayfish which is distributed in the waterbodies draining to the Adriatic Sea. This species is endangered by anthropogenic pressures on its habitats, climate change and the introduction and spread of non-native invasive crayfish species and their pathogens, with several documented declines occurring in a number of populations. Consequently, it is declared endangered and protected by international and national legislation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of the pan-European Natura 2000 network and national protected areas in conserving the white-clawed crayfish diversity in Croatia through a GIS-based approach that overlays a map of protected areas with species distribution data, also known as a gap analysis. The analysis revealed that 66% of the white-clawed crayfish populations are covered by protected areas (including Natura 2000 sites). Results of this study are useful for the evaluation of protected areas in the conservation of this key freshwater species, and for direct future management plans.

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Maguire I, Lovrenčić L and Temunović M. (2022). How Well Do Protected Areas Safeguard Endangered White-Clawed Crayfish in Croatia?. Freshwater Crayfish 27(1):69-74. doi: 10.5869/fc.2022.v27-1.69

 

 

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Ivana  Maguire,* Department of Biology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Rooseveltov trg 6, Zagreb, Croatia, Croatia10000. E-mail: imaguire@biol.pmf.hr

Leona  Lovrenčić, Department of Biology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Rooseveltov trg 6, Zagreb, Croatia, Croatia10000. E-mail: leona.lovrencic@gmail.com

Martina  Temunović, Department of Forestry, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Svetošimunska 23, Zagreb, Croatia, Croatia10000. E-mail: mtemunovic@sumfak.hr

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Publication History

   Manuscript Submitted: 7/25/2022

   Manuscript Accepted: 12/5/2022

   Published Online: 12/31/2022

   Published in Print: 12/31/2022

 

 

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