Ecologists discover a new species in a Nizhny Novgorod river
Dmitry Gavrilko, Lecturer of the Ecology Department at the UNN Institute of Biology and Biomedicine, and Artem Sinev, Associate Professor of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, have described a new species of crustacean, Graptoleberis smirnovi. The species was first discovered in the thickets of higher aquatic plants of the Gnilichka River in Nizhny Novgorod. The description of the species was published in the Zoological Journal (indexed by WoS, Scopus) No. 11, 2020. The species was named after the outstanding researcher of the world crustacean fauna, Prof. N.N. Smirnov (1928-2019). This is the first time when a new species of cladoceran crustaceans was discovered in the territory of the Nizhny Novgorod region. A research team of hydrobiologists from the Lobachevsky University Ecology Department has been conducting studies of freshwater crustacean fauna in the region for many years. The results of this research have been published in major Russian journals.