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Publications

Peer-reviewed publications:

81. Surmacz, B., Stec, D., Prus-Frankowska, M., Buczek, M., Michalczyk, Ł., Łukasik, P. (2024). Pinpointing the microbiota of tardigrades: What is really there? Environmental Microbiology 26:e16659.

80. Ostap-Chec, M., Bajorek, D., Antoł, W., Stec, D.Miler, K. (AOP). Occasional and constant exposure to dietary ethanol shortens the lifespan of worker honey bees. Journal of Comparative Physiology B.

 

79. Stec, D. (2024). Integrative taxonomy supports two new species of Macrobiotus (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae) allowing further discussion on the genus phylogeny. European Journal of Taxonomy 930:79-123.

78. Vecchi, M., Stec, D., Rebecchi, L., Michalczyk, Ł., Calhim, S. (2024). Ecology explains anhydrobiotic performance across tardigrades, but the shared evolutionary history matters more. Journal of Animal Ecology 93:307-318.

77. Stec, D. (2023). Integrative taxonomy helps to revise systematics and questions the purported cosmopolitan nature of the type species within the genus Diaforobiotus (Eutardigrada: Richtersiusidae). Organisms Diversity & Evolution 23:309-328.

76. Kayastha, P., Stec, D., Sługocki, Ł., Gawlak, M., Mioduchowska, M., Kaczmarek, Ł. (2023). Integrative taxonomy reveals new, widely distributed tardigrade species of the genus Paramacrobiotus (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae). Scientific Reports 13:2196.

75. Vecchi, M., Tsvetkova, A.Y., Stec, D., Ferrari, C., Calhim, S., Tumanov, D.V. (2023). Expanding Acutuncus: phylogenetics and morphological analyses reveal a considerably wider distribution for this tardigrade genus. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 180:107707.

 

74. Zawierucha, K., Stec, D., Dearden, P.K., Shajn, D.H. (2023). Two new tardigrade genera from New Zealand’s Southern Alp glaciers display morphological stasis and parallel evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 178:107634.

73. Stec, D. (2022). An integrative description of two new Mesobiotus species (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae) with updated genus phylogeny. Zoological Studies 61:85.

72. Kiosya, Y., Stec, D. (2022). New species of the genus Richtersius Pilato & Binda, 1989 (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Richtersiusidae) from Uzbekistan. Folia Biologica (Kraków) 70:141-150.

71. Stec, D. (2022). Macrobiotus rebecchii sp. nov., a new limno-terrestrial and hermaphroditic tardigrade from Kyrgyzstan. Animals 12:2906.

70. Stec, D., Cancellario, T., Fontaneto, D. (2022). Diversification rates in Tardigrada indicate a decreasing tempo of lineage splitting regardless of reproductive mode. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 22:965-974.

69. Stec, D., Vončina, K., Kristensen, R.M., Michalczyk, Ł. (2022). The Macrobiotus ariekammensis species complex provides evidence for parallel evolution of long claws in macrobiotid tardigrades. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 195:1067-1099.

 

68. Vecchi, M., Stec, D., Tommi, V., Ryndov, S., Chartrain, J., Calhim, S. (2022). Macrobiotus naginae sp. nov., a New Xerophilous Tardigrade Species from Rokua Sand Dunes (Finland). Zoological Studies 61:22.

 

67. Vecchi, M., Ferrari, C., Stec, D., Calhim, S. (2022). Desiccation risk favours prevalence and diversity of tardigrade communities and influences their trophic structure in alpine ephemeral rock pools. Hydrobiologia 849:1995-2007.

 

66. Miler, K., Stec, D., Pardyak, L., Kamińska, A., Kuszewska, K. (2022). No increase in alcohol dehydrogenase levels following repeated ethanol exposure in young honeybee workers. Physiological Entomology 47:110-116.

 

65. Pogwizd, J., Stec, D. (2022). An integrative description of a new Richtersius species from Greece (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Richtersiusidae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 68:1-21.

 

64. Stec, D., Morek, W. (2022). Reaching the Monophyly: Re-Evaluation of the Enigmatic Species Tenuibiotus hyperonyx (Maucci, 1983) and the Genus Tenuibiotus (Eutardigrada). Animals 12:404.

 

63. Tůmová, M., Stec, D., Michalczyk, Ł., Devetter, M. (2022). Buccal tube dimensions and prey preferences in predatory tardigrades. Applied Soil Ecology 170:104303.

 

62. Stec, D. (2021). Integrative Descriptions of Two New Mesobiotus Species (Tardigrada, Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae) from Vietnam. Diversity 13:605.

 

61. Stec, D., Vecchi, M., Dudziak, M., Bartels, P.J., Calhim, S., Michalczyk, Ł. (2021). Integrative taxonomy resolves species identities within the Macrobiotus pallarii complex (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae). Zoological Letters 7:9.

 

60. Vecchi, M., Stec, D. (2021). Integrative descriptions of two new Macrobiotus species (Tardigrada, Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae) from Mississippi (USA) and Crete (Greece). Zoosystematics and Evolution 97:281-306.

 

59. Stec, D., Vecchi, M., Calhim, S., Michalczyk, Ł. (2021). New multilocus phylogeny reorganises the family Macrobiotidae (Eutardigrada) and unveils complex morphological evolution of the Macrobiotus hufelandi group. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 160:106987.

 

58. Ostap-Chec, M., Opalek, M., Stec, D., Miler, K. (2021). Discontinued alcohol consumption elicits withdrawal symptoms in honeybees. Biology Letters 17:20210182.

 

57. Miler, K., Stec, D., Kamińska, A., Pardyak, L., Kuszewska, K. (2021). Alcohol intoxication resistance and alcohol dehydrogenase levels differ between the honeybee castes. Apidologie 52:230-241.

 

56. Miler, K., Opalek, M., Ostap-Chec, M., Stec, D. (2021). Diel rhythmicity of alcohol-induced intoxication in the honeybee workers. Journal of Zoology 314:96-103.

 

55. Kiosya, Y., Pogwizd, J., Matsko, Y., Vecchi, M., Stec, D. (2021). Phylogenetic position of two Macrobiotus species with a revisional note on Macrobiotus sottilei Pilato, Kiosya, Lisi & Sabella, 2012 (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae). Zootaxa 4933:113-135.

 

54. Zając, K., Stec, D. (2020). Molecular Approach to Identifying Three Closely Related Slug Species of the genus Deroceras (Gastropoda: Eupulmonata: Agriolimacidae). Zoological Studies 59:e55.

 

53. Stec, D., Vecchi, M., Maciejowski, W., Michalczyk, Ł. (2020). Resolving the systematics of Richtersiidae by multilocus phylogeny and integrative redescription of the nominal species for the genus Crenubiotus (Tardigrada). Scientific Reports 10:19418.

 

52. Zając, K.S., Proćków, M., Zając, K., Stec, D., Lachowska-Cierlik, D. (2020). Phylogeography and potential glacial refugia of terrestrial gastropod Faustina faustina (Rossmässler, 1835) (Gastropoda: Eupulmonata: Helicidae) inferred from molecular data and species distribution models. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 20:747-762.

 

51. Miler, K., Stec, D., Czarnoleski, M. (2020). Heat wave effects on the behavior and life-history traits of sedentary antlions. Behavioral Ecology 31:1326-1333.

 

50. Stec, D., Krzywański, Ł., Zawierucha, K., Michalczyk, Ł. (2020). Untangling systematics of the Paramacrobiotus areolatus species complex by an integrative redescription of the nominal species for the group, with multilocus phylogeny and species delineation within the genus Paramacrobiotus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 188:694-716.

 

49. Stec, D., Krzywański, Ł., Arakawa, K., Michalczyk, Ł. (2020). A new redescription of Richtersius coronifer, supported by transcriptome, provides resources for describing concealed species diversity within the monotypic genus Richtersius (Eutardigrada). Zoological Letters 6:2.

 

48. Stec, D., Kristensen, R.M., Michalczyk, Ł. (2020). An integrative description of Minibiotus ioculator sp. nov. from the Republic of South Africa with notes on Minibiotus pentannulatus Londoño et al., 2017 (Tardigrada: Macrobiotidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 286:117-134.

 

47. Stec, D., Michalczyk, Ł. (2020). Macrobiotus coronifer Richters, 1903 (type species for Richtersius Pilato & Binda, 1989): designating a new neotype from the original type locality described within the integrative taxonomy framework. Zootaxa 4858:292-294.

 

46. Stec, D., Tumanov, D.T., Kristensen, R.M. (2020). Integrative taxonomy identifies two new tardigrade species (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae) from Greenland. European Journal of Taxonomy 614:1-40.

 

45. Stec, D., Dudziak, M., Michalczyk, Ł. (2020). Integrative descriptions of two new Macrobiotidae species (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotoidea) from French Guiana and Malaysian Borneo. Zoological Studies 59:23.

 

44. Kaczmarek, Ł., Bartylak, T., Stec, D., Kulpa, A., Kepel, M., Kepel, A., Roszkowska, M. (2020). Revisiting the genus Mesobiotus Vecchi et al., 2016 (Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae) – remarks, updated dichotomous key and an integrative description of new species from Madagascar. Zoologischer Anzeiger 287:121-146.

 

43. Itang, L.A.M., Stec, D., Mapalo, M.A., Mirano-Bascos, D., Michalczyk, Ł. (2020). An integrative description of Mesobiotus dilimanensis, a new tardigrade species from the Philippines (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae: furciger group). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 68:19-31.

 

42. Bryndová, M., Stec, D., Schill, R.O., Michalczyk, Ł., Devetter, M. (2020). Dietary preferences and diet effects on life-history traits of tardigrades. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 188:865-877.

 

41. Pogwizd, J., Stec, D. (2020). New Records of Dactylobiotus parthenogeneticus Bertolani, 1982 Provide Insight into Its Genetic Variability and Geographic Distribution. Folia Biologica (Kraków) 68:57-72.

 

40. Stec, D., Kuszewska, K. (2020). CO2 narcosis influences the memory of honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Research 59:663-668.

 

39. Stec, D. (2019). Mesobiotus datanlanicus sp. nov., a new tardigrade species (Macrobiotidae: Mesobiotus harmsworthi group) from Lâm Đồng Province in Vietnam. Zootaxa 4679:164-180.

 

38. Coughlan, K., Michalczyk, Ł., Stec, D. (2019). Macrobiotus caelestis sp. nov., a new tardigrade species (Macrobiotidae: hufelandi group) from the Tien Shan mountains (Kyrgyzstan). Annales Zoologici 69:499-513.

 

37. Coughlan, K., Stec, D. (2019). Two new species of the Macrobiotus hufelandi complex (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae) from Australia and India, with notes on their phylogenetic position. European Journal of Taxonomy 573:1-38.

 

36. Gąsiorek, P., Morek, W., Stec, D., Blagden, B., Michalczyk, Ł. (2019). Revisiting Calohypsibiidae and Microhypsibiidae: Fractonotus Pilato, 1998 and its phylogenetic position within Isohypsibiidae (Eutardigrada: Parachela). Zoosystema 41:71-89.

 

35. Gąsiorek, P., Morek, W., Stec, D., Michalczyk, Ł. (2019). Untangling the Echiniscus Gordian knot: paraphyly of the “arctomys group” (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscidae). Cladistics 35:633-653.

 

34. Gąsiorek, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Michalczyk, Ł. (2019). Deceptive conservatism of claws: distinct phyletic lineages concealed within Isohypsibioidea (Eutardigrada) revealed by molecular and morphological evidence. Contributions to Zoology 88:78-132.

 

33. Morek, W., Stec, D., Gąsiorek, P., Surmacz, B., Michalczyk, Ł. (2019). Milnesium tardigradum Doyère, 1840: the first integrative study of inter-population variability in a tardigrade species. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 57:1-23.

 

32. Gąsiorek, P., Stec, D., Zawierucha, K., Kristensen, R.M., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). Revision of Testechiniscus Kristensen, 1987 (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscidae) refutes the polar-temperate distribution of the genus. Zootaxa 4472:261-297.

 

31. Marley, N.J., Kaczmarek, Ł., Gawlak, M. Bartels, P.J., Nelson, D.R., Roszkowska, M., Stec, D., Degma, P. (2018). A clarification for the subgenera of Paramacrobiotus Guidetti, Schill, Bertolani, Dandekar and Wolf, 2009, with respect to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Zootaxa 4407:130-134.

 

30. Kaczmarek, Ł., Zawierucha, K., Buda, J., Stec, D., Gawlak, M., Michalczyk, Ł., Roszkowska, M. (2018). An integrative redescription of the nominal taxon for the Mesobiotus harmsworthi group (Tardigrada: Macrobiotidae) leads to descriptions of two new Mesobiotus species from Arctic. PLoS ONE 13:e0204756.

 

29. Nowak, B., Stec, D. (2018). An integrative description of Macrobiotus hannae sp. nov. (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae: hufelandi group) from Poland. Turkish Journal of Zoology 42:269-286.

 

28. Roszkowska, M., Stec, D., Gawlak, M., Kaczmarek, Ł. (2018). An integrative description of a new tardigrade species Mesobiotus romani sp. nov. (Macrobiotidae: harmsworthi group) from the Ecuadorian Pacific coast. Zootaxa 4450:550-564.

 

27. Stec, D., Arakawa, K., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). An integrative description of Macrobiotus shonaicus sp. nov. (Tardigrada: Macrobiotidae) from Japan with notes on its phylogenetic position within the hufelandi group. PLoS ONE 13:e0192210.

 

26. Stec, D., Kristensen, R.M., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). Integrative taxonomy identifies Macrobiotus papei, a new tardigrade species of the Macrobiotus hufelandi complex (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae) from the Udzungwa Mountains National Park (Tanzania). Zootaxa 4446:273-291.

 

25. Stec, D., Krzywański, Ł., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). Integrative description of Macrobiotus canaricus sp. nov. with notes on M. recens (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae). European Journal of Taxonomy 452:1-36.

 

24. Stec, D., Morek, W., Gąsiorek, P., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). Unmasking hidden species diversity within the Ramazzottius oberhaeuseri complex, with an integrative redescription of the nominal species for the family Ramazzottiidae (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Parachela). Systematics and Biodiversity 16:357-376.

 

23. Stec, D., Roszkowska, M., Kaczmarek, Ł., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). An integrative description of a population of Mesobiotus radiatus (Pilato, Binda and Catanzaro, 1991) from Kenya. Turkish Journal of Zoology 42:523-540.

 

22. Gąsiorek, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). An integrative redescription of Hypsibius dujardini (Doyère, 1840), the nominal taxon for Hypsibioidea (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada). Zootaxa 4415:45-75.

 

21. Stec, D., Roszkowska, M., Kaczmarek, Ł., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). Paramacrobiotus lachowskae, a new species of Tardigrada from Colombia (Eutardigrada: Parachela: Macrobiotidae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 45:43-60.

 

20. Zawierucha, K., Stec, D., Lachowska-Cierlik, D., Takeuchi, N., Li, Z., Michalczyk, Ł. (2018). High mitochondrial diversity in a new water bear species (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada) from mountain glaciers in central Asia, with the erection of a new genus Cryoconicus. Annales Zoologici 68:179-201.

 

19. Stec, D., Morek, W., Gąsiorek, P., Blagden, B., Michalczyk, Ł. (2017). Description of Macrobiotus scoticus sp. nov. (Tardigrada: Macrobiotidae: hufelandi group) from Scotland by means of integrative taxonomy. Annales Zoologici 67:181-197.

 

18. Stec D., Kristensen R.M. (2017). An integrative description of Mesobiotus ethiopicus sp. nov. (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Parachela: Macrobiotidae: harmsworthi group) from the Northern Afrotropic region. Turkish Journal of Zoology 41:800-811.

 

17. Stec, D., Zawierucha, K., Michalczyk, Ł. (2017). An integrative description of Ramazzottius subanomalus (Biserov, 1985) (Tardigrada) from Poland. Zootaxa 4300:403-420.

 

16. Gąsiorek, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Marnissi, J., Michalczyk, Ł. (2017). The tardigrade fauna of Tunisia, with an integrative description of Bryodelphax maculatus sp. nov. (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscidae). African Zoology 52:77-89.

 

15. Gąsiorek, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Michalczyk, Ł. (2017). An integrative redescription of Echiniscus testudo (Doyère, 1840), the nominal taxon for the class Heterotardigrada (Ecdysozoa: Panarthropoda: Tardigrada). Zoologischer Anzeiger 270:107-122.

 

14. Gąsiorek, P., Zawierucha, K., Stec, D., Michalczyk, Ł. (2017). Integrative redescription of a common Arctic water bear Pilatobius recamieri (Richters, 1911). Polar Biology 40:2239-2252.

 

13. Mapalo, M., Stec, D., Mirano-Bascos, D., Michalczyk, Ł. (2017). An integrative description of a limnoterrestrial tardigrade from the Philippines, Mesobiotus insanis, new species (Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae: harmsworthi group). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 65:440-454.

 

12. Roszkowska, M., Ostrowska, M., Stec, D., Janko, K., Kaczmarek, Ł. (2017). Macrobiotus polypiformis sp. nov., a new tardigrade (Macrobiotidae; hufelandi group) from the Ecuadorian Pacific coast, with remarks on the claw abnormalities in eutardigrades. European Journal of Taxonomy 327:1-19.

 

11. Nowak, B., Stec, D. (2017). The first record of Macrobiotus vladimiri Bertolani, Biserov, Rebecchi and Cesari, 2011 (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae: hufelandi group) from Poland. Turkish Journal of Zoology 41:558-567.

 

10. Stec, D., Morek, W., Gąsiorek, P., Kaczmarek, Ł., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). Determinants and taxonomic consequences of extreme egg shell variability in Ramazzottius subanomalus (Biserov, 1985) (Tardigrada). Zootaxa 4208:176-188.

 

9. Gąsiorek, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Zawierucha, K., Kaczmarek, Ł., Lachowska-Cierlik, D., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). An integrative revision of Mesocrista Pilato, 1987 (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Hypsibiidae). Journal of Natural History 50:2803-2828.

 

8. Stec, D., Gąsiorek, P., Morek, W., Kosztyła, P., Zawierucha, K., Michno, K., Kaczmarek, Ł., Prokop, Z.M., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). Estimating optimal sample size for tardigrade morphometry. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178:776-784.

 

7. Kosztyła, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Gąsiorek, P., Zawierucha, K., Michno, K., Ufir, K., Małek, D., Hlebowicz, K., Laska, A., Dudziak, M., Frohme, M., Prokop, Z.M., Kaczmarek, Ł., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). Experimental taxonomy confirms the environmental stability of morphometric traits in a taxonomically challenging group of microinvertebrates. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178:765-775.

 

6. Morek, W., Stec, D., Gąsiorek, P., Schill, R.O., Kaczmarek, Ł., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). An experimental test of eutardigrade preparation methods for light microscopy. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178:785-793.

 

5. Mapalo, M., Stec, D., Mirano-Bascos, D.M., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). Mesobiotus philippinicus sp. nov., the first limnoterrestrial tardigrade from the Philippines. Zootaxa 4126:411-426.

4. Morek, W., Gąsiorek, P., Stec, D., Blagden, B., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). Experimental taxonomy exposes ontogenetic variability and elucidates the taxonomic value of claw configuration in Milnesium Doyère, 1840 (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Apochela). Contributions to Zoology 85:173-200.

3. Roszkowska, M., Stec, D., Ciobanu, D.A., Kaczmarek, Ł. (2016). Tardigrades from Nahuel Huapi National Park (Argentina, South America) with descriptions of two new Macrobiotidae species. Zootaxa 4105:243-260.

2. Stec, D., Smolak, R., Kaczmarek, Ł., Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). An integrative description of Macrobiotus paulinae sp. nov. (Tardigrada: Eutardigrada: Macrobiotidae: hufelandi group) from Kenya. Zootaxa 4052:501-526.

1. Sobczyk, M., Michno, K., Kosztyła, P., Stec, D., Michalczyk, Ł. (2015). Tolerance to ammonia of Thulinius ruffoi (Bertolani, 1981), a tardigrade isolated from a sewage treatment plant. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 5:721-727.

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