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Russian Journal of Herpetology
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.277
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 3  
 
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ISSN (Print) 1026-2296
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  • Two New Localities for Critically Endangered Kurdistan Newt, Neurergus
           derjugini Nesterov, 1916 (Caudata: Salamandridae) in Kurdistan Province,
           Western Iran and Problematic Taxonomic Status of this Species

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      Authors: Shahriar Mawloudi, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani, Shahbakhti Rostami
      Pages: 191 - 198
      Abstract: Neurergus derjugini is a mountain brook-dwelling newt which is distributed in the mid-Zagros Mountains in the border areas between Iran and Iraq. During extensive fieldwork in spring and summer 2016, two new localities were found for this endangered species in Kurdistan Province, western periphery of the Iranian Plateau. One locality is in Mariwan county and the other one is located in the extreme northwest of Baneh county. Both newly-found habitats are in relatively remote and lightly populated areas, increasing hopes for conservation of this valuable and critically endangered species.
      PubDate: 2022-09-02
      DOI: 10.30906/1026-2296-2022-29-4-191-198
      Issue No: Vol. 29, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • Attacks by Nile Crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) on Humans and Livestock
           in the Sudd Wetlands, South Sudan

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      Authors: John Sebit Benansio, Gift Simon Demaya, Daniele Dendi, Luca Luiselli
      Pages: 199 - 205
      Abstract: Nile Crocodiles, Crocodylus niloticus, are widespread along the riverine systems and wetlands of East Africa, and may locally be involved into serious conflicts with local human communities. A research study was conducted to investigate Human-Crocodiles Conflicts (HCC) and its impacts on lives and livelihoods of local communities in the Sudd Wetlands in South Sudan (East Africa). The methodology involved face-to-face interviews and structured questionnaire to fishers and other persons from riverine communities. The questionnaire focused on (i) numbers of attacks by Nile Crocodiles on humans and livestock, (ii) months of attacks, (iii) locations of attacks, and (iv) activity of victims at the time of attacks, from 2018 to 2020. The majority of the interviewees responded that Nile Crocodiles do represent a serious threat to their lives: a total of 23 persons were attacked and killed by crocodiles between 2018 and 2020, with 100% of the attacks to humans being fatal. In addition, 166 heads of livestock were killed during the same period, and a total of 355 livestock were attacked (most of them escaped the attack). The present study revealed that the peak season of attacks by crocodiles was the dry season (October – March), and that there is urgent need of environmental education and awareness for local riverine communities in order to minimize the intensity of the HCC in South Sudan.
      PubDate: 2022-09-02
      DOI: 10.30906/1026-2296-2022-29-4-199-205
      Issue No: Vol. 29, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • Living in Patchy Habitats: Substrate Selection by Basking Sympatric
           Lizards in Contrasted Anthropogenic Habitats in Western France

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      Authors: Roger Meek, Luca Luiselli
      Pages: 227 - 236
      Abstract: The influence of temperature on the physiological processes in reptiles is well known, for example growth, reproduction and muscular energy are all temperature dependent. However, there may be constraints on the ability of a reptile to harness thermal energy, particularly during cold seasons in the temperate zones. Substrate selection is a key factor in enhancing thermoregulation since it can enhance rate of heat uptake. For example, wood substrates are known to increase rates of heat gain in basking reptiles enabling earlier attainment of optimum body temperatures compared to other substrate types, which enables increased time available for other activities. In this paper we describe substrate use for basking in populations of Lacerta bilineata and Podarcis muralis in a hedgerow and a population of Podarcis muralis in a suburban garden in western France. The proportions of substrate used were compared against a null model of substrate availability. When different substrates were pooled based on material similarities both species were recorded in greater frequency on wood based materials in comparison to their availability compared to non-wood substrates. However at a finer level, in comparison to the null model of substrate availability (fallen tree branches, tree stumps, open ground etc), P. muralis showed strong substrate selection whereas L. bilineata did not depart significantly from the null model. We speculate that intra-specific aggression in L. bilineata was one possible cause of this result due to dominant individuals limiting access to prime basking sites in smaller or female lizards. Differences in communal basking between the two species supported this notion.
      PubDate: 2022-09-02
      DOI: 10.30906/1026-2296-2022-29-4-227-236
      Issue No: Vol. 29, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • Integrative Taxonomy Reveals a New Cryptic Species of Xenopeltis Gray,
           1831 (Ophidia: Macrostomata: Pythonoidea: Xenopeltidae) from Central
           Highlands, Vietnam

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      Authors: Nikolai L. Orlov, Pavel B. Snetkov, Oleg A. Ermakov, Tao Thien Nguyen, Natalia B. Ananjeva
      Pages: 237 - 249
      Abstract: Herein, we describe a new cryptic snake species of the genus Xenopeltis from Central Highlands of Vietnam: Kon Plông District, Kon Tum Province based both on morphological and molecular data. Xenopeltis intermedius sp. nov. is distinguished from the two known species by a combination of the following morphological characters. Xenopeltis intermedius sp. nov. differs from X. unicolor and X. hainanensis by the number of ventrals and subcaudals. The skull is less elongated than in X. unicolor and somewhat more elongate than in X. hainanensis. X. intermedius demonstrates differences in size, shape proportions and relief of the parietal bone and the number of teeth from X. hainanensis and X. unicolor. We provide a COI-based estimation of diversity of the genus Xenopeltis. Genetic divergence (p-distance) between Xenopeltis sp. nov. from Kon Tum Province, Central Highlands region of Vietnam, and two other congeners was 5.7% (for X. hainanensis) and 12.9% (for X. unicolor). The new species is currently known only from one locality from Central Highland and was recorded from 1500 to 2500 m a.s.l. in the evergreen polydominant forests in the mountainous regions of Kon Tum Province. This is the third species of Xenopeltis from Vietnam.
      PubDate: 2022-09-02
      DOI: 10.30906/1026-2296-2022-29-4-237-249
      Issue No: Vol. 29, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • New Locality Records of the Endemic Lizard Species, Lacerta pamphylica
           Schmidtler, 1975 (Squamata: Lacertidae) in Turkey

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      Authors: Ufuk Bülbül, Hatice Özkan, Halime Koç
      Pages: 250 - 254
      Abstract: The Pamphylian green lizard, Lacerta pamphylica, whose distribution is only known from Antalya and Mersin provinces of Turkey, is recorded in the Isparta Province for the first time in the present study. The present note reports the new locality records of L. pamphylica, which constitutes the species’ the northernmost known Turkish locality. With the record of the present study, the known distribution area of the species has been extended about 100 km to the northward. The pholidolial and morphometric characters and color-pattern features of the specimens were found similar to the specimens of L. pamphylica reported in the literature.
      PubDate: 2022-09-02
      DOI: 10.30906/1026-2296-2022-29-4-250-254
      Issue No: Vol. 29, No. 4 (2022)
       
 
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