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Fitosociologia numero 44 (2) S1

pag. 245-249: Issues related to the classification of Mediterranean temporary wet habitats according with the European Union Habitats Directive

S. Bagella, M.C. Caria, E. Farris & R. Filigheddu

Dipartimento di Botanica ed Ecologia Vegetale, via Muroni 25, Università degli Studi di Sassari, I-07100 Sassari

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abstract

From a biological and biogeographic point of view, Mediterranean temporary wet habitats are recognised to be amongst the most interesting habitats in the Mediterranean bioclimatic region. They are considered to be habitats of Community Interest and are included in the “standing water group”. Due to an overlap in the plant species and syntaxa indicated as characteristic, the assignment of the plant communities to the habitats 3120, 3130 and 3170* is far from straightforward. We propose that the Isoetion communities be assigned to habitat 3170*, the Preslion cervinae, Cicendio-Solenopsion and Agrostion pourretii communities to habitat 3120, and the Cyperetalia fusci and Littorelletea uniflorae communities to habitat 3130.

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Habitats of Community Interest, Isoetion, Natura 2000, temporary ponds.