Occurrences of Nannospalax leucodon in Ukraine and adjacent countries

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The dataset contains occurrences of Nannosplax leucodon, gathered in the field expeditions during 2016-2020 in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria.

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Rusin M, Ghazali M (2021): Occurrences of Nannospalax leucodon in Ukraine and adjacent countries. v1.0. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). Dataset/Occurrence. https://gbif.univer.kharkov.ua/resource?r=leucodon1&v=1.0


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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 599f4843-f07a-4369-8c53-ae4fb561f5e1.  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; Mole-rat; Ukraine; Odesa; Moldova; Dobrudja; Distribution; Occurrence


Mikhail Rusin
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Maria Ghazali
  • Originator
senior researcher
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv
Oleksii Marushchak
  • Programmer
junior researcher
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv

Geographic Coverage

Odesa and Chernivtsi Regions of Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, parts of Eastern Romania (Dobrogea) and Bulgaria (Dobrudja).

Bounding Coordinates South West [40.714, 20.127], North East [52.429, 39.99]

Taxonomic Coverage

Registration points of Nannospalax leucodon (lesser blind mole-rat) are shown.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Spalacidae
Genus Nannospalax
Species leucodon

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2016-01-01 / 2021-01-01

Project Data

No Description available

Title Nannospalax leucodon in Ukraine - verifying status of poorly known species
Funding The Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Grant, Project 170516242
Study Area Description South-Western Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, Eastern Romania and Bulgaria (Dobrudja)
Design Description The goal of the project was to collect actual data of Nannospalax leucodon – a species listed as Data Deficient in IUCN Red List and The Red Book of Ukraine.

The personnel involved in the project:

Mikhail Rusin

Sampling Methods

Most of the occurrences were recorded using GPS Garmin eTrex30 and eTrex30x. Presence of mole-rats was identified by soil mounds. In many cases mounds were recorded during driving the car, thus the accuracy of points is app. 100-200m (it took few seconds from noticing the mounds to record the location in GPS). In cases of uncertainty tunnels were excavated to measure the burrow diameter. In several cases mole-rats were captured and genotyped.

Study Extent Mapping of mole-rats was done in different seasons, mainly along highways, but also in the countryside. Most records represent mounds. Sampled animals were taken to tissue collection.
Quality Control To correctly identify species living in the underground burrow two approaches were made: 1) burrows were excavates to measure the diameter; 2) animals were captured and genotyped.

Method step description:

  1. Driving motorway and countryside roads.
  2. Mapping all mounds of mole-rats using GPS Garmin eTrex 30/30x.
  3. Excavating of suspicious tunnels.
  4. Trapping of animals in particular cases.
  5. Tissue sampling.
  6. Importing occurrence data from GPS device to Garmin BaseCamp.
  7. Exporting occurrences from BaseCamp to produce DwC compatible database.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 599f4843-f07a-4369-8c53-ae4fb561f5e1