Observations of animals in Ukraine during 2011–2016

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The dataset contains information on registrations on the territory of Ukraine of 267 species of animals belonging to 3 phylums, 8 classes, 39 orders and 105 families. Most of the observations were carried out in the territories of Chernivtsi and Vinnytsia administrative regions of Ukraine, information collected in other regions (mainly in the western, as well as in some central and southern regions of Ukraine) is also provided.

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Smirnov N (2023). Observations of animals in Ukraine during 2011–2016. Version 1.1. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). Occurrence dataset. https://ukraine.ipt.gbif.no/resource?r=smirnovfaunawestua1&v=1.1


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 48d9a436-a949-448d-acbc-71efa85b0ea2.  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; western Ukraine; Ukraine; animals; fauna; biodiversity; 2011; 2016; Animalia; Observation


Nazar Smirnov
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
leading researcher
Chernivtsi Regional Museum of Local Lore
O. Kobylianska str., 28
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 presents records from Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Odes, Khmel'nytskyi and Zakarpattia administrative regions of Ukraine.

Bounding Coordinates South West [46.12, 22.699], North East [50.286, 31.516]

Taxonomic Coverage

The dataset consists of 267 species of animals (Animalia) belonging to 3 types, 8 classes, 39 orders and 105 families.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata, Arthropoda, Mollusca
Class Insecta, Mammalia, Aves, Amphibia, Squamata, Malacostraca, Gastropoda

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2011-02-04 / 2016-12-30

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

Materials were collected during field research on routes in various locations and in monitoring stations (established points). Animals were registered and identified visually, by voice or by signs of vital activity. In some cases, registrations were recorded with the help of photographic equipment. Reliable information collected by other observers is also included in the dataset. The coordinates of the registration sites were determined using the Google Earth program or the Garmin portable GPS navigator in decimal format (WGS 84 system). The nomenclature follows the Catalog of Life.

Study Extent The dataset consists of 2375 records collected by the author in the period of 2011-2016 during his field research within Cherkasy, Chernivetsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmel'nytskyi, Lviv, Odesa, Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia regions (oblasts) of Ukraine. Author cooperated with Ilyinsky S.V., Karashivsky V.B., Karashivska I.V., Korzhyk V.P., Malaniuk T.B., Malyk V.I., Odochuk P.I., Olshanskyi I.G., Sakaliuk V.V., Skilsky I.V., Smirnov D.A., Smirnova M.V., Smirnova V.N., Suslyk M.M., Tokariuk A.I., Volutsa O.D., who helped me with field survey or report data about some animal species records.
Quality Control The author is fully responsible for the quality of data provided within the dataset.

Method step description:

  1. Condusting field research.
  2. Species identification, photo- and video-fixation.
  3. Georeferencing.
  4. Organizing of the dataset according to Darwin Core standards.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 48d9a436-a949-448d-acbc-71efa85b0ea2