The dataset consists of records of Amphibia and Reptilia representatives from Northern, Central and Southern Ukraine made in the period from 1996 to 2022. The species are chosen as those not included in the latest published edition of Red Data Book of Ukraine (2009) and in the latest lists of such species prepared in 2019. The species mentioned in this dataset are characterized by wide range within the country, covering more than 70% of its territory according to spatial distribution modelling (GIS-modelling) made with the help of Maxent software.
The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 3,960 records.
This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.
The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.
How to cite
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Nekrasova O (2023). Records of common species of amphibians and reptiles widespread in Northern, Central, Western and Southern Ukraine. Version 1.10. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). Occurrence dataset. https://ukraine.ipt.gbif.no/resource?r=commonherpsukraine1&v=1.10
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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.
This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 148bc5c8-0408-424c-84d2-d491ea2e234d. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.
Occurrence; Ukraine; biodiversity; herpetofauna; amphibians; reptiles; turtles; toads; lizards; frogs; snakes; common species; widespread fauna; Observation
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The dataset covers the entire territory of Ukraine. It hightlights records of representatives of native herpetofauna within all regions of Ukraine, except Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [44.402, 22.192], North East [52.376, 40.122]|
The dataset consists of records of the most common species of reptiles and amphibians inhabiting territory of Ukraine, namely, representative belonging to Hylidae, Bombinatoridae, Bufonidae, Ranidae, Colubridae, Lacertidae and Emydidae families.
|Order||Anura, Squamata, Testudines|
|Family||Hylidae, Bufonidae, Bombinatoridae, Ranidae, Colubridae, Emydidae, Lacertidae|
In collaboration with the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) and Pensoft Publishers, GBIF has announced a new call for authors to submit and publish data papers on Northern Eurasia in a special collection of Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ).
|Title||Northern Eurasia 2022|
The personnel involved in the project:
Animals were caught manually during the peaks of activity of amphibians or reptiles (mainly from 7:00 to 11:00 am and from 5:00 to 11:00 pm). For catching amphibians we used a net or fishing rod, for reptiles - a hook. In the vast majority of cases the animals were simply caught by hand. Animals killed on the road by vehicles were taken into account if the identification to specific level was possible. For visualizing the records (points) and for further use in GIS-modeling, the points of herpetofauna registrations were collected (with the indication of latitude 00.00000 N and longitude 00.00000 E) using the field off-line orientation program MAPS.ME (version 12.0.1-Google) and Google Earth Pro (Earth version 7.3.3). Visualization of records and creation of maps was carried out in the QGIS program (v.2.181, QGIS Development Team, 2016. QGIS Geographic Information System. Open Source Geospatial Foundation. URL http://qgis.org). The species identification was carried out using methodological materials (Bannikov and Darevsky, 1977; Nekrasova and Morozov-Leonov, 2001; Kuzmin, 2012). Amphibians and reptiles were caught using a net (1.5-2 m, mesh diameter d=1 cm) and by hand during field research in their typical biotopes and habitats. Catching was carried out both during the daylight hours along the coastline and in characteristic hiding places (rotten stumps, logs, thickets of higher aquatic vegetation, hollows in the ground, roads), and also during the dark hours of the day after sunset using a headlamp, which allows you to detect the amphibian at a distance behind the characteristic reflection from the iris of the eye and blind it for a while to catch it without hindrance. In addition, old hydrotechnical buildings were checked for the presence of herpetofauna species, in which they can not get out and often die (wells, depressions for the maintenance of private water wells, cellars, maintenance pits for the maintenance of the water supply system). However, such places are automatic traps and perfectly illustrate the composition of batrachofauna in the surrounding area. In case the records were received from third parties (local residents) only those registrations having photo- or video-materials confirming the fact of species catching (and therefore - identification) were taken into account.
|Study Extent||This dataset was prepared (correctly organized according to Darwin Core standards) and published with the help of the project "Preservation of data on biodiversity of Ukraine during the Russian occupation" funded by "Documenting Ukraine" initiative. The initiative is financed by the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (https://www.iwm.at/). Also the creation of the dataset was partially supported by Rufford Foundation project "Open biodiversity data: serving Nature Conservation in Ukriane".|
|Quality Control||The authors of the dataset are fully responsible for the quality and correctness of the data provided in it.|
Method step description:
- Conducting of field surveys and trips in search for representatives of native herpetofauna.
- Collecting of information from other local residents.
- Visual species identification as well as number of individuals.
- Taking photos and necessary measurements if needed.
- Putting of the information in the digital table designed in MS Excel.
- Organizing of a dataset according to DarwinCore standards.
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- Банников, А.Г. et al. (1977) Определитель земноводных и пресмыкающихся фауны СССР. Просвещение. Москва.
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