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Authors Ozturk, M; Gucel, S; Guvensen, A; Kadis, C; Kounnamas, C
Editors Ozturk, M; Boer, B; Barth, HJ; Breckle, SW; ClusenerGodt, M; Khan, MA
Author Full Name Ozturk, M.; Gucel, S.; Guvensen, A.; Kadis, C.; Kounnamas, C.
Title Halophyte Plant Diversity, Coastal Habitat Types and Their Conservation Status in Cyprus
Source SABKHA ECOSYSTEMS: AFRICA AND SOUTHERN EUROPE, VOL III
Series Tasks for Vegetation Science
Language English
Document Type Article; Book Chapter
Keywords Plus NORTHERN CYPRUS
Abstract This chapter focuses on the identification, description and determination of the conservation status of the halophytic plant diversity and the coastal habitat types of Cyprus. The chapter presents the results of a study that was undertaken during 2006-2008 in the coastal zone of Cyprus, which revealed that a total of 457 plant taxa with distinct features are distributed along a 770 km long coastline; 129 being typical halophytes. The taxa dominating the major intact habitats along the coast are Limonium spp., Mesembryanthemum spp., Euphorbia paralias, Pancratium maritimum, Eryngium maritimum, Medicago marina, Taraxacum aphrogenes, Otanthus maritimus and Cakile maritima. The saline habitats along the coast and alongside the internationally important salt lakes of Larnaca and Akrotiri (both included in the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance) abound in halophytic taxa like Salicornia spp., Arthrocnemum microstachyum, Suaeda vera, Juncus spp., Halimione portulacoides and Inula crithmoides. These salt lakes serve as migration stations for a large number of migratory birds during their route from Europe to Africa and back. Their conservation value is related not only to their function as important bird habitats but also to their significant floristic diversity. The coastal waters of the island give shelter to 197 fish species and various species of crabs, sponges and echinoderms. The Green and the Loggerhead turtles breed regularly on the island's sandy beaches, some of which are strictly protected. The coastal zone has been seriously degraded over the last 25 years. The habitats in this zone face serious degradation problems due to economic, recreational and intensive tourist development. An attempt has been made here to present the information on the life forms and other features of the major plant taxa occuring within the coastal zone. The conservation status of the plant taxa has been identified according to the Red Data Book of the Flora of Cyprus and the criteria set by the IUCN: 6 taxa critically endangered, 12 endangered and 14 vulnerable. Moreover, in the coastal zone of Cyprus 16 habitats types that are included in the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) Annex I have been identified out of which 3 are classified as priority ones and need immediate conservation measures. Information on coastal endemics has also been included so that it can be utilised for future effective conservation action.
Author Address [Gucel, S.] Near East Univ, Inst Environm Sci, Nicosia, Cyprus; [Ozturk, M.; Guvensen, A.] Ege Univ, Fen Fak, Blok Bot Dept A, TR-35100 Izmir, Turkey; [Kadis, C.; Kounnamas, C.] Frederick Univ, Nat Conservat Unit, Nicosia, Cyprus
Reprint Address Gucel, S (reprint author), Near East Univ, Inst Environm Sci, Nicosia, Cyprus.
E-mail Address munirozturk@gmail.com; sgucel@hotmail.com; aguvensen@hotmail.com; pre.kc@fit.ac.cy; ckounnamas@hotmail.com; munirozturk@gmail.com
Cited Reference Count 59
Times Cited 3
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 3
Publisher SPRINGER
Publisher City DORDRECHT
Publisher Address PO BOX 17, 3300 AA DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
ISSN 0167-9406
ISBN 978-90-481-9672-2
29-Character Source Abbreviation TASKS VEG SCI
ISO Source Abbreviation Tasks Veg. Sci.
Year Published 2011
Volume 46
Beginning Page 99
Ending Page 111
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/978-90-481-9673-9_12
Page Count 13
Web of Science Category Plant Sciences; Ecology
Subject Category Plant Sciences; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Document Delivery Number BSZ42
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000286165300012
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