Tardigrades of Fish Creek Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada: A Preliminary Survey

Gary T. Grothman

Abstract


Tardigrades are cosmopolitan animals with a patchy distribution record, largely due to the limited collection history for this phylum rather than actual rarity. Most Canadian records are from near coastal areas, with a few notable exceptions, most recently one study of tardigrades in central Alberta. The present study reports the occurrence of 12 species or species groups in Fish Creek Provincial Park in southern Alberta. Eight of these taxa are new records for Alberta, and two (Diphascon (Diphascon) granifer and Echiniscus granulatus) are new records for Canada.

Keywords


Tardigrada; survey; meiofauna; Alberta

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