Modern finds and collection materials of amphibians and reptiles collected by Melitopol herpetologists and fellow scientists

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The dataset contains information on the distribution of amphibians and reptiles mainly in southern Ukraine, the Azov and Black Sea regions, Crimea, the Melitopol region, as well as in some Asian and European countries.

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Suriadna N, Mykytynets H (2024). Modern finds and collection materials of amphibians and reptiles collected by Melitopol herpetologists and fellow scientists. Version 1.0. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). Occurrence dataset.


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Occurrence; Melitopol museum; Ukraine; European countries; Central Asia; herpetofauna; fauna; amphibians; reptiles; snakes; lizards; frogs; toads; newts; vipers; turtles; biodiversity; Observation


Nataliia Suriadna
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Associate Professor
Department of Ecology and Information Technology, Melitopol Insitute of Ecology and Social Technologies of the University ‘Ukraine’
Halyna Mykytynets
  • Originator
Pryazovsky National Nature Park
Oleksii Marushchak
  • Custodian Steward
junior researcher
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv

Geographic Coverage

The dataset covers the territory of the following areas and countries: Ukraine (South of Ukraine, Azov region of Ukraine, Black Sea region of Ukraine, Crimea, Melitopol region), russia (North-Western Caucasus, North-Eastern Caucasus), Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary.

Bounding Coordinates South West [37.164, 18.974], North East [59.22, 136.626]

Taxonomic Coverage

The dataset includes only representatives of herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles).

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia, Squamata, Testudines
Order Anura, Caudata
Family Viperidae, Agamidae, Lacertidae, Colubridae, Gekkonidae, Anguidae, Emydidae, Salamandridae, Hylidae, Ranidae, Bufonidae, Pelobatidae, Bombinatoridae

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1971-05-01 / 2023-11-03

Project Data

“Saving Biodiversity Data in Wartime” project aims to contribute to the protection and conservation of biological diversity in Ukraine during and after the war, by collecting, digitalizing and publishing the primary biodiversity data held by Ukrainian scientists and environmentalists in war-affected territories. The project is implemented by Oleksii Marushchak, 2023 Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellow.

Title Saving Biodiversity Data in Wartime
Funding “Saving Biodiversity Data in Wartime” project is funded by the European Union within its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship Programme.

The personnel involved in the project:

Oleksii Marushchak

Sampling Methods

The dataset includes information on Amphibian and Reptile finds collected by well-known scientists and scientists of the Melitopol Herpetological School (Melitopol) with the participation of the the Department of Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History, NAS of Ukraine (Kyiv). All researchers are proficient in field methods, so data collection and the reliability of species identification are beyond doubt. Each species presented in the dataset has its own field research methods, which were used by the researchers and published in the relevant works. The coordinates of modern finds were determined using GPS, compass applications, and Google maps. Materials of the stock collections were digitised with the refinement of coordinates in Google maps based on the coordination of entries in the field diaries of collectors and primary labels of the stock collection. Information about the finds, time and territory of the research was noted and described directly during the research expeditions.

Study Extent The dataset consists of records of representatives of herpetofauna recorded on the territory of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and russia in the period from 1971 to 2013. The dataset was created in order to save unique data on records of various herpetofauna observations from Melitopol museum, that at the moment of dataset publishing is occupied by russian invasion forces.
Quality Control The correct identification of amphibians and reptiles and the quality of the dataset as a whole are guaranteed by extensive experience. I have been researching amphibians and reptiles for more than 25 years, including 15 years of scientific work at the Melitopol Herpetological Laboratory (1996-2010). I have a PhD degree (2006). D. thesis on amphibians of Ukraine. Head, co-executor and consultant of about 20 research topics, developments, projects, including international ones on the study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Method step description:

  1. Digitisation of the authors' own field diaries since 1996 and records of colleagues since 2005.
  2. Digitalization of stock collections since 1971.
  3. Species affiliation was determined independently or according to the available original labels.
  4. Georeferencing (coordinates were determined using GPS, compass applications, and Google Maps).
  5. Preparing of the dataset in accordance with the requirements of Darwin Core standards

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Suriadna N. M., Mykytynets G. I., Pupiņš M., & Gasso V. Y. Population systems of Eurasian water frogs (Pelophylax) in the south of Ukraine. Biosystems Diversity, 28(2), 2020. 154–162.
  2. Dufresnes C, Strachinis I, Suriadna N, Mykytynets G, Cogălniceanu D, Székely P, Vukov T, Arntzen J.W., Wielstra B, Lymberakis P, Geffen E, Gafny S, Kumlutaş Y, Ilgaz C, Candan K, Mizsei E, Szabolcs M, Kolenda K, Smirnov N, Geniez P, Lukanov S, Crottini A, Crochet P-A, Dubey S, Perrin N, Litvinchuk S.N., Denoël M. Phylogeography of a cryptic speciation continuum in Eurasian spadefoot toads (Pelobates). Molecular Ecology. 2019; 00:1–14.
  3. Suriadna N., H. Mykytynets. Amphibians of the genus Rana in the steppe zone of Ukraine: population status, distribution, and ecological features. GEO&BIO, 25: 2023. 187–201.
  4. Suriadna Nataliia. Chromosomes of Pelophylax ridibundus Pallas, 1771 in different population systems of southern Ukraine. Earth Environmental Science, Vol. 1254, Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine.
  5. Suryadnaya N. N. Comparative analysis of karyotypes of two species of Pelobatid frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Pelobatidae) of Ukraine. Vestnik zoologii, 48(6): 2014. 511–520.
  6. Suriadna N., Mykytynets G. Distribution and new findings of newts (Triturus and Lissotriton) in the Lower Dnipro river area. GEO&BIO. 2018. vol. 16, pp 73–78.
  7. Suriadna N., Mykytynets G., Karmyshev Y., Matvyeyev A. Modern state of the Bombina bombina (Linnaeus, 1761) population in the south of Ukraine conditions. / Book of abstracts of the 3rd International workshop–conference: Research and conservation of European herpetofauna and its environment: Bombina bombina, Emys orbicularis, and Coronella austriaca. Daugavpils University, 24-25.09.2015. Daugavpils, Latvia: 83-94.
  8. Suriadna Nataliia Mykolaivna, Galyna Ivanovna Mykytynets. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Azov-Syvash National Nature Park (Kherson Region, Ukraine). Achievements of Ukraine and the EU in ecology, biology, chemistry, geography and agricultural sciences : Collective monograph. Riga, Latvia : “Baltija Publishing”, 2021. 1163 p. 289-308. [In Ukrainian]
  9. Suriadna N., G. Mykytynets. On the Melitopol collections of amphibians and Reptiles. Natural History Museology. Volume 5. Kyiv, 2019. 225-227. [In Ukrainian]
  10. Suriadna N., Mykytynets H. New finds and acquisitions of amphibians to the stock collections of B. Khmelnytsky Melitopol Pedagogical University. Natural History Museology: Proceedings of the II International Scientific and Practical Conference, 11-13 September 2012, Kyiv & Kaniv. NMNH NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, 2012. 105-107. [In Ukrainian]
  11. Mykytynets, G. I., Surіadna N. M. Distribution and morphological features of green frogs in the lower reaches of the Dnipro River. Scientific Bulletin of Uzhhorod University. Series Biology, 21: 2007. 85–91. [In Ukrainian]
  12. Suriadna N. M., Y. M. Pysanets. Amphibians (Amphibia: Caudata, Anura). Catalogue of collections. Issue 1. LLC Publishing house MMD, Melitopol, 2010. 1–92. [In Ukrainian]
  13. Karmyshev Y.V., Suryadnaya N.N., Manuilova O.N. Reptiles: Catalogue of collections. Issue 2. Melitopol: Kolor Print LLC, 2018. 1-56. [In Russian]
  14. Suriadna N. М., Mykytynets H.I., Manuilova O.M. Cadastre of registrations of some species of amphibians and reptiles of southern Ukraine listed in the Red Data Book. Materials for the 4th edition of the Red Data Book of Ukraine. Animal world / Series: "Conservation Biology in Ukraine". Issue 7, Vol. 2. Kyiv, I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2018. 303-310. [In Ukrainian]
  15. Mykytynets H. I., Suriadna N. М., Markautsan O. E., Ivanov O.G. Reptilia findings in the Red Data Book of Southern Ukraine. Materials for the 4th edition of the Red Data Book of Ukraine. Animal world. (Series: "Conservation Biology in Ukraine". Issue 7, Vol. 3.). Kyiv, 2019. 213-216. [In Ukrainian]
  16. Mykytynets H. I., Suriadna N. М. Rare species of Amphibians (Amphibia) and Reptiles (Reptilia) of southern Ukraine: materials for the Red Data Book of Ukraine. Records of rare species of biota of Ukraine: Vol.1. (Series: "Conservation Biolgy in Ukraine". Issue 27. Vol. 1). Kyiv: I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology; UNCG: Chernivtsi: Druk Art. 2022. 301-310. [In Ukrainian]
  17. Mykytynets H.I., Suriadna N. М. Findings of reptiles (Reptilia) of the Red Data Book of Ukraine in the Azov Sea region. Findings of protected species of plants, animals and fungi in Ukraine (Series: "Conservation Biology in Ukraine". Issue 19). Vinnytsia: TWORI., 2020. 330-335. [In Ukrainian]
  18. Mykytynets H.I., Suriadna N. М. Amphibian and reptile mortality on the roads of the Priazovsky NNP and adjacent territories. Monitoring and protection of biodiversity in Ukraine: Animal world / Series: "Conservation Biology in Ukraine". Issue 16. Vol. 2. Kyiv; Chernivtsi: Druk Art. 2020. 145-149. [In Ukrainian]

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