During the 2nd International Symposium on “Anchialine Ecosystems” the need to re-define the term “Anchialine Ecosystems” was highlighted, so that over the round-table discussion new (working) definition has been proposed:

“A type of subterranean estuary containing a stratified water body, that may or may not be in direct contact with the atmosphere, and is capable of supporting a characteristic biota”

Albeit not in its final form, this broader definition should offer more comprehensive approach to these unique ecosystems.

All comments and suggestions are welcome and please direct them to Neven Cukrov ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) who will distribute them to anchialine mailing list.