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All the articles will be continuously paginated and the universal digital object identifier (DOI) should be used for citations.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> en-US <p><em>Acta Biologica Sibirica</em>&nbsp;is a golden publisher, as we allow self-archiving, but most importantly we are fully transparent about your rights.</p> <p>Authors may present and discuss their findings ahead of publication: at biological or scientific conferences, on preprint servers, in public databases, and in blogs, wikis, tweets, and other informal communication channels.</p> <p>ABS allows authors to deposit manuscripts (currently under review or those for intended submission to ABS) in non-commercial, pre-print servers such as ArXiv.</p> <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol type="a"> <ol type="a"> <li class="show">Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a&nbsp;<a href="">Creative Commons Attribution License</a>&nbsp;(CC BY 4.0)&nbsp;that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</li> <li class="show">Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.</li> <li class="show">Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See&nbsp;<a href="" target="_new">The Effect of Open Access</a>).</li> </ol> </ol> (Alex Matsyura) (Alex Matsyura) Thu, 31 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0700 OJS 60 New localities of protected lichen species on the Salair Ridge in Altai Territory <p>New localities of eight lichen species included in the Red Data Book of the Altai Territory, <em>Lobaria pulmonaria</em>, <em>Ramalina roesleri</em>, <em>R. sinensis</em>, <em>Graphis scripta</em>, <em>Heterodermia speciosa</em>, <em>Nephroma bellum</em>, <em>Ramalina vogulica</em>, and <em>Usnea longissima </em>are reported for the Salair Ridge. The last five species recorded to the Salair Ridge within Altai Territory for the first time. Localities and ecological preferences are indicated for each species.</p> Evgeny A. Davydov, Lole Y. Smirnova, Yulia V. Storozhenko, Maria V. Zyatnina, Polina Y. Ryzhkova, Lidia S. Yakovchenko Copyright (c) 2022 Sat, 07 May 2022 00:00:00 +0700 The composition, structure and functional characteristics of macrobenthos in the coastal zone of the Primorsky Krai (Sea of Japan) <p>The intense anthropogenic load and the high economic exploitation of marine biological resources in the coastal part of the Primorsky Krai (Sea of Japan) cause a comprehensive study of the marine environment and biota conditions. Macrobenthos is one of the essential components that determines the normal functioning of the marine ecosystem. We studied the composition, structure, and quantitative characteristics of macrobenthos and their functions. We grouped all coastal zones into four groups: (1) open areas subject to the influence of the prevailing river flow and minimal impact of the marine fleet; (2) open areas of the north-eastern and northern coasts, where the accumulation of organic matter (OM) is not observed; (3) water areas with naturally elevated OM content and local anthropogenic impact; and (4) the most polluted territories, subject to the intense chronic influence of factors of accumulation of OM, mainly of anthropogenic origin. The Golden Horn Bight is the water area subjected to the most significant anthropogenic impact, while the Kievka, Udobnaya, and Rudnaya Bights, on the eastern coast of Primorsky Krai, are the areas with the smallest level of anthropogenic press. The water areas of Nakhodka, Vladimira, Vostok, and Troitca Bight, enriched in organic matter, occupied the intermediate position. We revealed that the most significant components of macrobenthos-macrophytes and bivalves-cease to work as an effective biological filter, and the transformation of incoming pollution in the water area is too slow in conditions of chronic pollution of coastal marine ecosystems. The heterotrophic community feeds on a significant amount of introduced organic matter, often of toxic origin, the nature of which probably affects the functioning of mass groups of organisms, reducing the indicators of biodiversity and abundance.</p> Yulia A. Galysheva, Tatiana V. Boychenko, Anna V. Radovets Copyright (c) 2022 Fri, 06 May 2022 00:00:00 +0700 Influence of supercritical fluid extraction on lignocellulosic plant matrix and extractive substance yield <p>Natural substances of plant origin are widely used in pharmacies. However, the quantitative content of biologically active substances in plant cells is insignificant and the currently available extraction methods do not allow for the complete extraction of biologically active substances as a result of the strong lignocellulose matrix of the cell. Therefore, it is necessary to look for new extraction methods that increase the yield of extractive substances from plant raw materials. This paper is devoted to the effect of supercritical fluid extraction on the quantitative content of extractives contained in a plant cell. The study aims to establish the effect of supercritical fluid extraction on the lignocellulose matrix and the yield of extractive substances. The plant biomass of the vegetative part of the narrow-leaved cypress (<em>Chamaenerion angustifolium </em>L., Scop., 1771); roots and rhizomes of the stinky bug (<em>Actaea cimicifuga </em>Schipcz., J Compton); roots and rhizomes of the golden root (<em>Rhodiola rosea </em>L., 1753) were used as research objects. The extractive substances were extracted by sequential liquid extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, and a combination of these methods. To extract the maximum amount of extractives, the following solvents were used: a nonpolar solvent (hexane, 70% ethanol) and a highly polar solvent (water). Extraction of plant materials with supercritical CO₂ was carried out in a SFEU-5/2 laboratory setup with the following parameters: pressure (P), 350 bar; temperature (T), 60 °C; extraction time (t), 180 min. The comparison of the yield of extractive substances obtained by sequential liquid extraction and aqueous alcoholic extraction with the preliminary processing of raw materials with supercritical CO₂ shows that treatment with supercritical carbon dioxide activates the plant matrix; therefore, the content of the extracted components increases.</p> Alexandra V. Zakharchenko, Natalya G. Bazarnova Copyright (c) 2022 Tue, 03 May 2022 00:00:00 +0700 Results of studying the fauna of Lepidoptera in the North Kazakhstan region (Republic of Kazakhstan) in 2019-2021 <p>The article presents the results of studying the fauna of Lepidoptera in the North Kazakhstan region in the field seasons of 2019-2021. The annotated list includes 219 species, including 37 species given for the first time for the North Kazakhstan region.</p> Ivan A. Zuban, Svyatoslav A. Knyazev, Nadezhda V. Schevchuk, Yuliya N. Korobeinikova Copyright (c) 2022 Tue, 03 May 2022 00:00:00 +0700 A new species of the genus Pediasia Hübner, 1825 (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea, Crambidae) from the Eastern Palaearctic <p>The article is an illustrated description of <em>Pediasia arctica </em><strong>sp. nov. </strong>from the polar regions of the Eastern Palearctic. Morphologically, the new species is closest to the North American <em>Pediasia browerellus </em>(Klots, 1942), however, it is significantly different from the latter in the structure of the male genital apparatus. <em>Pediasia arctica </em>has a longer and more curved aedeagus, while its costal process of the valva is longer and thinner. Outwardly, among the Palearctic species, the new species is most similar to the Central Asian <em>Pediasia alaica </em>(Rebel, 1907) and <em>Pediasia zellerella </em>(Staudinger, 1900) which have a darker gray color and a contrasting pattern of the forewings; there are also significant differences in the structure of the male genitalia. <em>Pediasia arctica </em>inhabits flat tundra of various types from Taimyr to Chukotka. The specimens of the type series were collected in July.</p> Alexander N. Streltzov Copyright (c) 2022 Wed, 13 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0700 Toxic properties and allelopathic activity of Melilotus officinalis (L.) Pall. <p><em>Melilotus officinalis </em>(L.) Pall., known as yellow sweetclover (Fabaceae), is widely used in medicine and agriculture. At the same time, yellow sweetclover is a weed and invasive plant in Siberia. In Russia, <em>M. officinalis </em>is cultivated as a valuable medicinal, fodder and honey plant. Its widespread use is due to its high ecological plasticity. In recent years, an interest in cultivation of <em>M. officinalis </em>as a low maintenance multipurpose crop has increased in biological agriculture. The herb <em>M. officinalis </em>contains a rich complex of biologically active compounds. However, along with positive properties, this species, though with a rich chemical composition and high physiological activity, is toxic towards different groups of living organisms. The toxic effect of <em>M. officinalis </em>extracts is primarily due to the presence of coumarin. A high allelopathic activity of <em>M. officinalis </em>was revealed. The phytotoxic effect of herb extracts on germination of crop and weed seeds was studied in detail. Data on the fungicidal and insecticidal activity of <em>M. officinalis </em>were obtained. Laboratory and in situ studies showed that the aboveground part of <em>M. officinalis </em>is a potential source of biopesticides with a broad-spectrum effect (bioherbicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal).</p> Svetlana I. Mikhailova, Valeria Yu. Andreeva, Nadezhda S. Zinner, Elena S. Gulik, Svetlana A. Suchkova, Mikhail V. Belousov Copyright (c) 2022 Fri, 01 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0700 Catalogue of Lepidoptera of Omsk Region (Russia). Microlepidoptera. Families: Eriocraniidae, Nepticulidae, Opostegidae, Adelidae, Prodoxidae, Incurvariidae, Psychidae, Tineidae, Roeslerstammiidae, Bucculatricidae, Gracillariidae, Yponomeutidae, Argyresthi <p>A total of 781 species of Microlepidoptera belonging to 41 families are reported for the territory of Omsk Region. The most numerous is the Tortricidae family represented by 255 species, then Crambidae (94 species), Gelechiidae (70), Pyralidae (66), Pterophoridae (44), Depressariidae (32), Gracillariidae (29), Tineidae (25), Elachistidae (14), Adelidae and Elachistidae (8 species in each family), Yponomeutidae, Ypsolophidae, Ethmiidae and Cosmopterigidae (7 species in each family), Scythrididae and Oecophoridae (6 species in each family), Eriocraniidae (4), Nepticulidae, Momphidae and Epermeniidae (3 species in each family), Prodoxidae, Glyphipterigidae, Lyonetiidae and Choreutidae (2 species in each family), Opostegidae, Incurvariidae, Roeslerstammiidae, Argyresthiidae, Plutelliidae, Acrolepiidae, Bedelliidae, Parametriotidae, Chimabachidae, Cryptolechiidae, Batrachedridae, Blastobasidae, Autostichidae, Galacticidae (1 species in each family). 10 species are new to the Omsk Region.<em> Agonopterix purpurea</em> (Haworth, 1811) and <em>Aethes flagellana</em> (Duponchel, 1836) are reported from the territory of Omsk Region as new to the Asian Part of Russia; Fomoria weaveri (Stainton, 1855) reported from the territory of West Siberia for the first time.</p> Svyatoslav A. Knyazev Copyright (c) Thu, 31 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0700 Protection of rare and protected species of flora in large petrochemical projects <p>The paper presents a comprehensive assessment of vegetation biodiversity at the construction site of the ZapSibNeftekhim production complex in the city of Tobolsk, Tyumen Region, Russia. In this paper, we (1) study the biogenic and salt composition of the soil; (2) label the revealed samples, (3) record the geographical coordinates; (4) use the method of translocation (transfer) of the rare and endangered flora representatives found at the construction site of the ZapSibNeftekhim and the associated facilities, as well as the removal of such species from the original habitat, and their transportation to new habitats. In total, 149 individuals of 13 flora species were transferred during the work:<br>(1) <em>Malaxis monophyllos </em>L., (2) <em>Listera ovata </em>(L.) R. Br., (3) <em>Dactylorhiza maculata</em> (L.) Soo, (4) <em>Allium microdictyon Prokh</em>., (5) <em>Centaurea phrygia </em>L., (6) <em>Phegopteris connectilis</em> (Michx.) Watt, (7) <em>Polyporus badius</em> (Pers.) Schwein., (8) <em>Iris sibirica</em> L., (9) <em>Daphne mezereum</em> L., (10) <em>Lilium pilosiusculum</em> (Freyn) Miscz., (11) <em>Cinna latifolia</em> (Trev.) Griseb., (12) <em>Platant herabifolia</em> (L.) Rich., (13) <em>Heterodermia japonica</em> (M.Sato) Swinscow et Krog. In addition, we took into account all the biological characteristics of the transferred flora species and their environmental requirements during monitoring activities. Adaptation of almost all translocated specimens was successful. Research in this area contributes to a deeper understanding of the processes of anthropogenic transformation of floristic complexes and should be the basis for environmental monitoring of disturbed habitats. These studies allow approaching the solution of problems of rational use, conservation and restoration of life-support resources in ecosystems, integrity, productivity, and biodiversity of biological resources.</p> Elena I. Popova, Stanislav I. Kozlov Copyright (c) 2022 Thu, 31 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0700 Morphology and morphometry of the tibial organ of males of the genus Dolichopus Latreille, 1796 (Dolichopodidae, Diptera) <p>Morphologic and morphometric characteristics of generic level of the tibial organ of males Dolichopus Latreille, 1796, were investigated. On the basis of examined characteristics the subgeneric variability were investigated and groups of superspecific level were allocated.<br /><br /></p> O. P. Negrobov, M. A. Chursina, O. V. Selivanova Copyright (c) 2018 O. P. Negrobov, M. A. Chursina, O. V. Selivanova Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0700 Description of a new species of Chrysina Kirby, 1828 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) from optima group, based on morphological characters and mtDNA COX I molecular marker <p>A new species of the genus Chrysina Kirby, 1828 is decribed from Panama. <em>Chrysina valentini</em> sp.n. is related to <em>Chrysina tricolor</em> (Ohaus, 1922) and <em>Chrysina optima</em> (H. W. Bates, 1888) in morphology and mtDNA COX I molecular marker. Three related species differ in elytra colour, elytral striae, and number of tubercles on foreleg femur. The morphological divergence of the compared species is supported by distances in mtDNA COI molecular marker.</p> A.S. Zubov, N.V. Ivshin , A. Yu. Titarenko, D.A. Romanov Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 An annotated list of fish-like vertebrates and fishes of upper Irtysh River basin (Eastern Kazakhstan) with comments on their taxonomy and zoogeography <p>The complete list of fish-like vertebrates and fishes living in reservoirs and watercourses of the basin of the Upper Irtysh is given. The list contains 43 species belonging to 7 orders, 10 families and 30 genera. All currently registered species whose validity has been reviewed in the relevant systematic audits are included. Three types of taimen <em>Hucho taimen</em> Pallas, 1773, nelma <em>Stenodus leucichthys nelma</em> Pallas, 1773, and Siberian sturgeon <em>Acipenser baerii</em> Brandt, 1869 are included in the Red Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In the basin of the Upper Irtysh, the rare valuable species are in need of preservation of the gene pool because of the possibility of loss. In addition to those listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan we need to include some more species, namely the Pacific lamprey <em>Lethenteron camtschaticum</em> Tilesius, 1811, sterlet <em>Acipenser ruthenus </em>Linnaeus, 1758, and Markakol lenok <em>Brachymystax savinovi</em> Mitrofanov 1959. For each species, taxonomic comments, conservation status, and distribution are provided, abundance and comments value are indicated. Latin and Russian names are given.</p> A. A. Yevseyeva, G. A. Bolbotov, O. I. Kirichenko Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Population structure of Bezoar goat in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan <p>During 2012-2016 we conducted a study of the population structure of the bezoar goat within the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The average annual number of bezoar goat was 1174 individuals. The age structure of the population was represented by 533 (37%) young and adult individuals, 283 (19.6%) fertile females, by 229 (15.8%) calves, and by 129 young animals (8.9%). Females made up 45%, males - 24%, in other age groups the gender was not determined. The ratio of the number of calves (195 individuals) and females (283 individuals) or the birth index was 0.81. The average population density of bezoar goat was 14 individuals per 1000 ha.</p> A. F. Mammadov, A. B. Bayramov Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 22 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Remote sensing of forest belt flooded areas <p>The article deals with the application of remote sensing data in the study of flooding of forests on the example of band boron in Novichikhinsky forestry of the Altai Krai. The results of research are presented, in particular, using the method of object-oriented classification of space images of the earth's surface, which combines the possibility of clustering, qualitatively distinguishes connected objects in the image, and classification with training, which allows to refer the selected objects to pre-defined classes. According to remote sensing data, the areas of flooding and the forest pathology state of the Barnaul belt forest were estimated.</p> L.E. Dolgacheva, I.N. Rotanova Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 A faunistic study of the Dolichopodidae (Diptera, Brachycera) in Fars Province of Iran <p>We provide new data on the distribution of 14 long-legged fly species (Diptera, Brachycera, Dolichopodidae) belonging to 10 genera from the Fars Province, Southern Iran. The genera <em>Diaphorus</em> Meigen, 1824, <em>Dolichopus</em> Latreille, 1796, <em>Hydrophorus </em>Fallén, 1823, and <em>Syntormon </em>Loew, 1857 are recorded in the Fars Province for the first time. <em>Dolichopus</em> <em>lairdi</em> Olejnicek, Mohsen &amp; Ouda, 1995 is newly added to the Iranian insect fauna. Four species, <em>Asyndetus albifrons</em> Loew, 1869, <em>Asyndetus fallahzadehi</em> Grichanov, 2019, <em>Chrysotus suavis</em> Loew, 1857, and <em>Medetera</em> <em>pallipes </em>(Zetterstedt, 1843) were the most abundant in the collected material. Available information on geographical distribution and short taxonomic comments for each species are also included.</p> Sh. Rezaei, I. Ya. Grichanov, M. Fallahzadeh, A. F. Dousti, N. Saghaei Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Gymnodinium baicalense and Gymnodinium coeruleum (Dinophyta) outbreaks in Lake Baikal <p>This paper presents data on the abundance of the two most abundant dinophytic algae species <em>Gymnodinium baicalense</em> and <em>Gymnodinium coeruleum</em> recorded in the spring of 2019. Data on the accumulation thickness of the planktonic algae over the different depths are presented.</p> D. Karnaukhov, N. Zausaeva, Ya. Ermolaeva, E. Dolinskaya, S. Biritskaya, M. Teplykh, N. Silenko, S. Shimaraeva, E. Silow Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Alien flora of the Novosibirsk Region <p>For the first time synopsis of 305 alien species of the Novosibirsk Region has been completed, 34 of them are invasive ones. Ecological features, distribution in administrative regions are shown, the method of introduction and the degree of naturalization in the region are noted. The collections of the Central Siberian Botanical Garden were critically processed; the distribution of 74 species was specified, 19 of them are rare for the region.</p> E. Yu. Zykova Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 First record of Poa scabriculmis N. R. Cui (Poaceae) for the flora of Pan Himalayas <p><em>Poa scabriculmis</em> N.R. Cui, 1987, is known as endemic species of alpines of Kunlun Mountains (Xinjiang Province, NW China). Later, in Flora of China, it was treated as subspecies of polytypical species <em>P. albertii</em> Regel, and sinonimized with other four relative species. In this work we restore the status of this species and present its new occurrence in Sichuan province (China). This paper present taxonomic notes, morphological description, habitat, and the current geographic distribution for <em>P. scabriculmis</em></p> M. Olonova Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The first record of Microtus subterraneus (de Sélys-Longchamps, 1836) (Rodentia, Cricetidae) for Mordovia, Russia <p>The species composition and abundance of small mammals in the National Park “Smolny” (Republic of Mordovia, Russia) were studied in 2018 and 2019. Eight species of rodents (Rodentia) and four species of insectivores (Eulipotyphla) were captured. One individual of European pine vole<em> Microtus subterraneus</em> was captured for the first time in the territory of Mordovia. This record testifies the easternmost occurrence of <em>M. subterraneus</em>.</p> N. Yu. Kirillova, B. Kryštufek, A.A. Kirillov, A.B. Ruchin, G. F. Grishutkin Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes in shells organic matrix of alien mollusk Viviparus viviparus (Linnaeus, 1758) from the Novosibirsk reservoir <p>Analysis of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes is widely used in environmental studies for exploring the structure of trophic networks, assess the role of various resources in the nutrition of individual specimens and determine the trophic level of consumers. The shell grows steadily over the lifetime of the mollusc and reflects the nutritional characteristics of individuals at different ages. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes in shells of alien mollusks <em>Viviparus viviparus</em> (Linnaeus, 1758) collected in the Novosibirsk reservoir were examined in this study. Statistically significant differences in isotopic composition of shell fragments corresponding to annual growth in different years were noted. The&nbsp;assumption was made about significant role of interannual differences in trophic conditions of the reservoir in the formation of the isotopic signature of mollusk shells.&nbsp; The results of this work can be used in environmental and paleolimnological studies of mollusk nutrition, in the reconstruction of long-term changes in the ecological conditions of water bodies.</p> L. V. Yanygina, D.D. Volgina Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Fruits polymorphism of European water chestnut populations in the Altai Krai <p>The article considers the results of morphometric analysis of <em>Trapa natans</em> fruits from different populations in Altai Krai. It estimates the level of the fruits polymorphism within and among the populations. The hydrological features of water bodies as water caltrop habitats are assessed.</p> I.S. Chupina, M.M. Silantyeva Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Invasive and potentially invasive plant species in State Nature Biosphere Reserves of the Altai Republic (Russia) <p>In the Altaiskiy and Katunskiy State Nature Biosphere Reserves we registered 44 alien plant species, which were considered in Siberia as invasive and potentially invasive. Among them, there were 30 xenophytes and 14 ergasiophytes species. <em>Rumex acetosella</em> L., <em>Impatiens glandulifera </em>Royle<em>, Galinsoga ciliata</em> (Rafin.) Blake, and <em>Strophiostoma sparsiflorum </em>(Mikan ex Pohl) Turcz. are considered invasive in the Altaiskiy Reserve because they actively spread there in natural and seminatural plant communities and habitats. Most of the species had appeared in the territories of the reserves before their establishment as a result of agricultural activity or appeared after their establishment because of activity of the reserves themselves. Despite of a big amount of tourists in the reserves, the invasive and potentially invasive plants are absent on the ecological paths at present.</p> I.A. Artemov, E. Yu. Zykova Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The leaf-rollers (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) of Omsk Province, Russia <p>We reported a total of 247 species from the family Tortricidae for the territory of Omsk Province, among them 139 species were registered in Omsk Province for the first time, 46 species were recorded in the West Siberian Plain for the first time. One species <em>Cochylimorpha armeniana</em> Joannis, 1891 is new for the Russian fauna.</p> S.A. Knyazev, V.V. Dubatolov Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New data on Altai fauna of rove beetles (Philonthus Stephens, 1829 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae)) <p>The article presents the results of the study of the fauna of the rove beetles of the genus <em>Philonthus</em> in the part of the territory of the south of Western Siberia that includes mountainous and adjacent areas in the east of the Altai Krai and the Altai Republic. A list of 38 species with the points where material was collected is represented. A comparative analysis of the fauna of <em>Philonthus</em> of the research area and adjacent regions was performed using the Sørensen-Dice coefficient. We obtained the greatest degree of similarity with the fauna of Kuznetsk Alatau (<em>Ics </em>= 0.29), what can be explained by the similarity of natural conditions. In general, the relative proximity of the faunas of the compared places was noted, which is determined by species ecology, most of which are associated with azonal dispersed microhabitats.</p> A. Psarev Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New records of click beetle Compsolacon crenicollis (Ménétriés, 1832) (Coleoptera: Elateridae) from Stavropol Area and Georgia <p>New records of the click beetle <em>Compsolacon crenicollis</em> (Ménétriés, 1832) (Coleoptera: Elateridae) for the Central Cis-Caucasus territory, Stavropol Area (Mikhailovsk City) and the Trans-Caucasus, Georgia (Tsalka District, KhramGES village) are reported. The ecological peculiarities of this species are presented and discussed.</p> V.O. Kozminykh Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Analysis of leaf flavonoid composition of some Iranian Cotoneaster Medik. (Rosaceae) species <p>The genus <em>Cotoneaster </em>consists of unarmed shrubs that naturally distributed in north parts of Iran. It is a problematic genus, and there are many discussions about its species number in Iran as well the World. Recently, M Khatamsaz has been listed 19 species of it in Iran. In the current research, we studied leaf flavonoid composition of seven<em> Cotoneaster</em> species from Iran. These species were harvested from the northern provinces of the country and their leaf ethanolic extracts were subjected to HPLC, for detection the types and amounts of their flavonoid compounds. We identified four flavonoid compounds: rutin, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol. The concentration of these flavonoids differed between the species, moreover amount of each flavonoid also varied among the studied species. All of them were registered in the studied species, except for myricetin, which was not observed in <em>C. nummularius</em>. The highest amount of flavonoids were detected in<em> C. nummularius, </em>while<em> C. </em>discolor had the lowest one<em>. </em>The evaluated species divided into four distinct group in UPGMA tree. According to CA-Joined plot, each group was characterized by species amount of flavonoid(s). All of evaluated species belonged to the same section of the genus, therefore our findings revealed that the flavonoid data were useful at sectional level for identification of the species.</p> Zeynab Lotfi, Fahimeh Salimpour, Fariba Sharifnia, Sedigheh Arbabian, Maryam Peyvandi Copyright (c) 2019 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Systematic structure of urban flora in various habitats of Orel oblast <p>The results of a long-term comprehensive study of ecological and biological features of urban flora of various habitats of the cities of the Orel (Oryol) oblast: Orel, Mtsensk, Livny, Bolkhov, Maloarkhangelsk, Novosil, and Dmitrovsk are presented in the article. Flora of the city Orel has a population of 913 species, Livny – 786, Mtsensk – 777, Bolkhov – 780, Novosil – 775, Maloarhangelsk – 776, and the Dmitrovsk – 777 species. In the course of research, the taxonomic structure of urban flora is characterized as one of the indicators of floras zonal and ecological-topological confinement. Comparison of complete floristic lists of Orel oblast cities revealed high floristic similarity, which indicates a significant concordance of urban flora and smoothing of zonal distinctions. We also determined large degree of similarity between aboriginal and adventive fraction of flora in various cities. The high correlation between the systematic structure of the dominant families in different habitats is associated with the conformity of regional flora and indicates the close interaction of natural and urban flora.</p> T.M. Khromova, O. Yu. Emelyanova Copyright (c) 2019 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Occasional photographic records of butterflies (Lepidoptera, Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea) in Cambodia. 2. Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri Provinces of Eastern Cambodia, 2013-2018. <p>In this article I presented the casual photographic records of butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea) made along with the studies on the Odonata fauna in 33 localities of two eastern provinces of Cambodia, Ratanakiri and Mondilkiri in 2013-2018. The butterflies were photographed in purely natural conditions without any restriction of their freedom and mobility, using two cameras, Olympus Camedia C8080 and Canon EOS 350D, the latter with the lens Sigma AF 24-70 mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO. Coordinates were obtained with Garmine eTrex H personal GPS navigator and revised with Google Earth; elevations were retrieved from Google Earth. In total, I identified 118 and provisionally identified five species; 19 species (<em>Abisara </em>cf. <em>bifasciata,</em><em> Poritia</em> cf. <em>hewitsoni, </em><em>Ahmetia achaja, Arhopala nicevillei, Sinthusa chandrana, </em><em>Virachola </em>sp. cf.<em> kessuma, </em><em>Zizeera maha, Tirumala limniace, Junonia hierta, </em><em>Yoma sabina, </em><em>Terinos clarissa, Euripus nyctelius, Lethe rohria, Bibasis sena, Caprona agama, C. alida, Aeromachus </em>cf. <em>pygmaeus, Gangara thyrsis, </em>and<em> Udaspes folus</em>) and one subspecies (<em>Kallima inachus alboinachus</em>) are reported for Cambodia for the first time. I also illustrated these species as well as some more provisionally identified and unidentified for this region.</p> O.E. Kosterin Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 01 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Rare and endangered plant species and rare plant communities of specially protected natural areas in Altai Krai <p>The article describes results of years of research vegetation cover 10 specially protected natural reservations (SPNR) Altai Region. We identified 38 rare and endangered plant species from the Red Book of Altai Region and 11 from the Red Book of Russia. We described 28 rare plant communities in the Altai Region, Siberia, and Russia. Among them we registered 11 steppe communities (out of eight PAs), 11 forest (out of two PAs), five floodplain (out of one PAs), and one marsh community (out of one PAs). This should be the basis for monitoring the rare and endangered plant species as well as rare and vulnerable plant communities.</p> М.М. Silantyeva, N.V. Elesova, N. Yu. Speranskaya Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 01 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Expansion of invasive seed beetle Megabruchidius dorsalis Fahreus, 1839 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Bruchinae) in the Turkestan Region (South Kazakhstan) <p>An invasive seed beetle species <em>Megabruchidius dorsalis</em> Fahreus, 1839 has been known since 2016 in southeastern Kazakhstan (Almaty city and surrounding area) and now it could be registered everywhere where it host plants grow. In Turkestan oblast, we previously found it only in Shymkent city, and we assumed that it could be further settled in suburbs and in Turkestan oblast (Temreshev, 2017b). In Turkestan region (southern Kazakhstan) we found this species in the city of Kentau and its surroundings. The individuals we found were of different sexes. The <em>Gleditsia triacanthos</em> seeds we collected were damaged by 10% only. This allows us to conclude that the species has already been introduced in the Kentau urban agglomeration, but has not yet reached its maximum abundance and continues to gradually settle within it. This indicates an expansion of the pest range within the south of the country. The invasion of the species came from the city of Shymkent (southern Kazakhstan), where the species in turn came from Almaty (southeast Kazakhstan), from where it has been known since 2016.</p> I.I. Temreshev, A.M. Makezhanov Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Distribution and population densities of selected uncommon bird species in Zambezi riparian forest, NE Namibia <p>A territory mapping method has been employed in 2015 to assess the population density of 8 non-passerine and 10 passerine uncommon bird species breeding in a peri-urban riparian forest (280 ha) along Zambezi River (7 km long) near Katima Mulilo NE Namibia. The population densities (pairs per 100 ha) are estimated as follows: Trumpeter Hornbill: 1.4, Schalow’s Turaco: 2.9, Green-backer Heron: 1.1, Little Bittern: 0.4, Lesser Jacana: 0.4, African Finfoot: 0.4, White-crowned Lapwing: 0.7, Long-billed Crombec: 3.9, Yellow White-eye: 4.3, Scarlet-chested Sunbird: 0.7, African Golden Oriole: 2.9, Black-headed Oriole: 0.7, Violet-backed Starling: 0.7, Pied Wagtail: 8.6, Ashy Flycatcher: 0.4, Black Flycatcher: 0.4, Hartlaub’s Babbler: 4.3.</p> Grzegorz Kopij Copyright (c) 2019 Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New records of Heterocera (Insecta, Lepidoptera) from the Republic of Khakassia and South of Krasnoyarsk region (South Siberia, Russia) <p>Here we presented the new data and new records of Lepidoptera (<em>Crambidae, Cossidae, Lasiocampidae, Drepanidae, Geometridae, Notodontidae, Noctuidae s.l.,</em> <em>Arctiidae</em>) from the Khakassia Republic and the South of Krasnoyarsk region. A total of 147 species are reported for the fauna of both regions for the first time, based on the literature records and personal data collected in 1999−2019. We collected the moths in Khakassia and South of Krasnoyarsk region in more than 40 localities, from the steppe zone to the alpine area of the West Sayan, the Kuznetsky Alatau, and foothills of East Sayan Mountains. Specimens were collected in the daylight by standard methods using butterfly net and in the night, using mercury lamp Sylvania (250W) and inverter generator (1000W). All collected materials preserved in private collections of R.E. Maksimov in Abakan (RMA), M.A. Ivanov in Krasnoyarsk (MIK), and in private collection of S.A. Knyazev in Omsk (SKO). The presence of several species have been considered doubtful before our study. We suggested that the regional list of Heterocera of Khakassia and South of the Krasnoyarsk region should be considerably revised. The great share of the specimens mentioned in this article is presented on the websiite “The Nature of South Siberia” (<a href=""></a>).</p> R. E. Maksimov, M. A. Ivanov, S. A. Knyazev Copyright (c) 2019 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Butterflies of Athgarh Forest Division, Odisha, Eastern India, with notes on some significant records <p>The present paper deals with first annotated list of butterflies from Athgarh Forest Division, Odisha, India. 136 species belongs to six families were recorded during January 2015 to September 2015. Notes on some of the significant record of butterflies for the region, were provided along with their distribution. Among the recorded 136 species of butterflies, 14 species are legally protected under Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.</p> Arajush Payra, Suraj K. Dash, Udit P. Das, Himanshu S. Palei, Arun K. Mishra Copyright (c) 2019 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Wormwoods of Buryatia: diversity analysis, ecological-geographical features, and chemotaxonomy of section Abrotanum <p>The wormwoods of Buryatia includes 48 species and subspecies, which belong to three subgenus and seven sections (subgenus Artemisia, sections - <em>Artemisia</em>, <em>Abrotanum</em>, <em>Absinthium</em>; subgenus Dracunculus, sections - <em>Dracunculus</em>, <em>Campestris</em>, <em>Psammophilae</em>; subgenus Seriphidium, section –<em>Halophilum</em>. Most of the wormwoods of the region are xerophytes and mesoxerophytes, belonging to the steppe and forest-steppe ecological-coenotic groups (34 species, 70.8%), mainly from the sections of <em>Artemisia</em>, <em>Abrotanum</em>, and <em>Campestris</em>. Ecological-geographically, Central Asian, South Siberian, and North Asian species dominate, accounting for 45.8% of the total species composition with significant share of species with wide Eurasian distribution area (8 species, 16.6%). Endemism is peculiar to the species of psammophyte-steppe (<em>Artemisia ledebouriana</em>, <em>A. xylorhiza</em>) and mountain-steppe (<em>Artemisia subviscosa</em>) genesis (3 species, 6.25%). In the systematic relation, interpretations of a taxonomical variety on separate sections are ambiguous, among them there is <em>Campestris</em>, <em>Absinthium</em>, <em>Abrotanum</em>. In the section <em>Abrotanum</em> the identification of species close to <em>Artemisia gmelinii</em> is problematic. As a result of a detailed study of the composition of the essential oil, the additional chemotaxonomic criteria for the taxonomic status of <em>Artemisia messerschmidtiana </em>and<em> A. santolinifolia</em> were suggested. So, the presence of davanone components in the oil of <em>Artemisia santolinifolia</em> can be the taxonomic sign of this species. Specific components in high concentrations were also found in the composition of <em>Artemisia messerschmidtiana</em>, namely trans-Sabinene hydrate (2.4%), gamma-Terpinene (2.0%), and Germacrene D (1.6%).</p> B.B. Namzalov, S.V. Zhigzhitzhapova, N.G. Dubrovsky, A.B. Sakhyaeva, L.D. Radnaeva Copyright (c) 2019 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Fish of Ara-Nur Lake (Transbaikal region) <p>We presented the list of fish species founded in the Lake Ara-Nur in 1998-1999. These data has not been published previously and no research was carried out in the lake since this study. The fish fauna included 11 species belonged to 7 families. The lake and basin of the River Khilok had low species diversity. Freshwater fish species of the boreal lowland were dominant in Ara-Nur fauna. Along with the limnetic fish species, we registered some fluvial fish species entered into the lake from the Northern Gorek River. Most of the fish are benthophage, the others are ichthyophagous and euryphagous; the majority of species are limnophylics. In our opinion, Lake Ara-Nur has great potential importance for fish spawning and wintering</p> E.P. Gorlacheva Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Growth and development of Ferula tadshikorum Pimenov in culture <p>We identified the optimal planting calendar for cultivation of Central Asian medicinal and endemic plant <em>Ferula tadshikorum</em>. The results of our experiment confirmed that <em>Ferula tadshikorum</em> has accelerated the growth rate like most introduced plant species. Taking into account <em>Ferula tadshikorum</em> lifespan, shortening its life cycle during the cultivation will has a positive economic effect on the rapid extraction of raw materials from underground organs.</p> D.T. Khamraeva, O.K. Khojimatov, A.I. Uralov Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The Fauna of Jewel Beetles (Coleoptera, Buprestidae) of Tyumen region <p>The paper presents an annotated list of Jewel beetles of the Tyumen region, consisting of 30 species of 12 genera. Ten species: <em>Dicerca amphibia </em>Marseul, 1865, <em>Lamprodila decipiens</em> (Gebler, 1847), <em>Poecilonota variolosa</em> (Paykull, 1799), <em>Chrysobothris</em> <em>affinis</em> (Fabricius, 1794), <em>Agrilus fleischeri</em> Obenberger, 1925, <em>A. mendax </em>Mannerheim, 1837, <em>A. cyanescens</em> (Ratzeburg, 1837), <em>A. ribesi </em>Schaefer, 1946, <em>A. delphinensis </em>Abeille de Perrin, 1897, and <em>A. pratensis </em>(Ratzeburg, 1837) are recorded here for the first time in the region.</p> E.V. Sergeeva, V.A. Stolbov Copyright (c) 2019 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The abundance and structure of population of pelagic amphipod Macrohectopus branickii in the coastal zone of Lake Baikal <p><em>Macrohectopus branickii </em>is a unique inhabitant of the Lake Baikal’s pelagial zone that occupies the same ecological niche as Antarctic krill and mysids. However, many aspects of this species ecology are still unknown or disputable. In this study we attempt to clarify the peculiarities of the species distribution in the littoral zone. Since specimens of <em>Macrohectopus branickii </em>are active migrants and participate at daily vertical migrations to the water surface, we used the conus nets designed to catch <em>Macrohectopus branickii </em>during passive floating from the ice surface to the water column. Obtained data revealed the presence of <em>Macrohectopus branickii</em> at a depth over 47 m as well as the fact that migrating schools of the species are not able to enter the specific sites for a long time. We also discussed the capacity of <em>Macrohectopus branickii </em>to freeze into the ice and ecological significance of this specific phenomenon.</p> D. Karnaukhov, S. Biritskaya, M. Teplykh, N. Silenko, E. Dolinskaya, E. Silow Copyright (c) 2019 D. Karnaukhov, S. Biritskaya, M. Teplykh, N. Silenko, E. Dolinskaya, E. Silow Mon, 07 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Analysis of genetic diversity among Iranian populations of Ficus carica L. (Moraceae) <p><em>Ficus carica</em> L. is a species of Moraceae family that has been cultivated in different parts of the world from ancient time. Its fruit is eaten by human and has several medicinal properties. This species widely grows and cultivated in various parts of Iran. For this, in the current study, we investigated infraspecific genetic variation and population structure of <em>F. carica</em> in the country. 14 natural populations of <em>F. carica</em> were collected and their genomic DNA were extracted and tested with RAPD molecular technique. Parameters of population’s genetic diversity varied among the studied populations. In addition, AMOVA test revealed significant variations among the populations.&nbsp; The studied populations clustered separately in UPGMA tree of RAPD data, moreover PCA and MDS plots produced similar results. STRUCTURE analysis revealed the best number of k = 9. Based on Nei’s genetic distance, we had nine distinct groups. Genetic clustering patterns according to UPGMA trees of RAPD data and Nei’s genetic distance were more similar with the results of STRUCTURE analysis. The small amount of Nm) the product of the effective size of individual populations (N) and the rate of migration among them (m) (value showed limited gene flow among the studied populations, therefore it seems that high genetic variations among these populations may be related less or few amount of gene exchange among populations.</p> M.R. Zolfaghari, F. Salimpour, F. Sharifnia, S.J. Marandi Copyright (c) 2019 Zolfaghari, M.R., Salimpour, F., Sharifnia, F., Peyvandi, M., Marandi, S.J. Sun, 29 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Contribution to the systematics and nomenclature of the checkerspots of the group Melitaea minerva Staudinger, 1881 (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) <p>Wing pattern, male genitalia armatures and the COI-gene sequence within the checkerspots of the group <em>Melitaea minerva </em>are examined. The lectotypes of <em>M. asteroida variegata</em> and <em>M. asteroida maculata</em> are designated, it is shown that both taxa belong to <em>M. minerva</em> (subspecies of it), but not to <em>M. asteroida</em>. Basing on the DNA investigation (COI sequence) I made an assumption that the taxa <em>M. minerva</em> and <em>M. pallas </em>are conspecific. <em>M. solona</em> is not a separate species but forms a group of phenotypes &nbsp;characteristic for both <em>M. minerva</em> and <em>M. asteroida</em>. The male genitalia features are inapplicable for the species identification within the group <em>M. minerva</em>.</p> S.K. Korb Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 29 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New findings of rare vascular plants in Novosibirsk <p>The first finding of <em>Centaurium pulchellum</em> in Novosibirsk Province is reported, as well of such plant species, rare in Novosibirsk surroundings, as <em>Paeonia anomala, Campanula trachelium, Cirsium palustre, Inula helenium, Iris pseudacorus, Hemerocallis minor</em>, made in 2019 within the City of Novosibirsk in two bogged areas (the Gladkoe and Kuchino Bogs, and the surroundings of the former), and in the Ob River floodplain. A large population of <em>Cypripedium macranthon</em> was found in unusual conditions of a boggy open stand of pine, larch and birch, with <em>Equisetum fluviatile</em> predominating in the grass layer. Importance of these natural ecosystems inside a city is duscussed for nature protection and research purpose.</p> O.E. Kosterin, N.V. Priydak, Y.S. Otmakhov, D.N. Shaulo Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 29 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New records of long-legged flies (Diptera, Dolichopodidae) from Morocco <p>This paper provides new data on the distribution of 39 long-legged fly species (Diptera, Brachycera, Dolichopodidae) belonging to 19 genera from Morocco. Twelve species, <em>Gymnopternus assimilis </em>(Staeger, 1842), <em>Hercostomus apollo</em> (Loew, 1869),<em> Hercostomus morenae</em> (Strobl, 1899), <em>Medetera media</em> Parent, 1925, <em>Medetera pallipes</em> (Zetterstedt, 1843), <em>Medetera petrophiloides</em> Parent, 1925, <em>Medetera</em> aff. <em>roghii</em> Rampini et Canzoneri, 1979, <em>Micromorphus minusculus</em> Negrobov, 2000, <em>Sciapus</em> aff. <em>negrobovi</em> Naglis et Bartak, 2015, <em>Campsicnemus simplicissimus</em> Strobl, 1906, <em>Sympycnus pulicarius</em> (Fallén, 1823), and <em>Syntormon pilitibia</em> Grichanov, 2013 are newly added to the Moroccan insect fauna. In addition, available information on geographical distribution for each species is also included.</p> Mohamed Nourti, Igor Ya. Grichanov, Kawtar Kettani Copyright (c) 2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 A catalogue of butterflies (Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera) of Azerbaijan <p>An annotated list of butterflies from Azerbaijan, containing 280 species, is presented. The classification and nomenclature in this work are accepted according to the key of Korb &amp; Bolshakov (2016). The full list of species composition of butterflies of Azerbaijan numbering 280 species for today is presented for the first time, and it was supplemented by new materials collected by the first author from 2012 to 2019. We came up with the list of the total species composition of butterflies in Azerbaijan, which currently includes 280 species from 6 families (Hesperiidae - 37, Papilionidae - 10, Pieridae - 28, Lycaenidae - 100, Riodinidae - 1, Nimphalidae - 104) for today was compiled. <em>We record Papilio demoleus demoleus Linnaeus, 1758</em> as a new species for the fauna of the Caucasus. Our results will help to continue biodiversity study and expand the information on the distribution of the butterflies (Papilionoformes) in Azerbaijan and the Caucasus.</p> N.Y. Snegovaya, V.A. Petrov Copyright (c) 2019 Snegovaya, Petrov Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Florocenotic diversity of forest-steppe complex of the "Boizhy" tract (Stavropol upland, Prikalaus heights) <p>This paper provides an overview of the floristic diversity of the forest-steppe complex of the "Boizhy" tract in the Prikalaus-Buivolinsky landscape. The description of the relief of the territory and its forms is given, the bedrocks, soil types, etc. are noted. Despite its phytodiversity, the territory is not studied botanically. For the first time, a description of the vegetation cover of flat areas, slopes, beams, pots with the corresponding floristic series is given. The main dominants of the tree and shrub layer, as well as species with a broad ecological valence, are indicated. On the territory of the study area, xerophilic and petrophilic groups were identified, which form the basis of the rarity flora of the tract.</p> A.V. Likhvar Copyright (c) 2019 Mon, 09 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 First records of invasive species Carabus cumanus Fischer von Waldheim, 1823 (Cleptera, Carabidae) in Kyzylorda oblast (South Kazakhstan) <p>Invasive species of the ground beetle <em>Carabus cumanus</em> Fischer von Waldheim, 1823 was found in the city of Kyzylorda in southern Kazakhstan. For the Kyzylorda oblast of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the south of the country as a whole, <em>C. cumanus</em> is indicated for the first time. The species invasion originated from the city of Almaty (south-eastern Kazakhstan), from where it has been known since 1998.</p> I.I. Temreshev Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Comparative analysis of the leaf anatomy of Phlox sibirica L. and Phlox sibirica var. borealis (Wherry) B. Boivin <p>In this comparative research of the leaf anatomy of <em>Phlox sibirica</em> and <em>Phlox sibirica</em> var. <em>borealis</em>, we discovered that morphometric features of the leaf blades structure in 95 % of cases significantly differ at a significance level of P &lt; 0.05. Statistically significant differences were not found only in determining the stomatal index, the value of which also corresponds to other types of groundcover phlox. The studied taxa are characterized by collateral vascular bundles, an anomocytic type of the stomatal apparatus and elongated, winding epidermal cells. <em>Phlox sibirica</em> is distinguished by a better development of collenchyma strands, which provides sheet rigidity even with the loss of turgor, xylem, and the most photosynthetically active layer of mesophyll (cells of the upper layer). Thus, in the anatomical structure of the studied phloxes, the features characteristic of xerophytic-heliophytic species, more pronounced in <em>Phlox sibirica</em>, were revealed. The leaf anatomy of the studied taxa reflects their adaptation to conditions with an unfavorable water regime (ensures the maintenance of a normal water balance) and excessive lighting.</p> A.N. Butenkova, T.N. Belyaeva Copyright (c) 2019 Butenkova, Belyaeva Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Limodorum abortivum var. viride Fateryga & Kreutz (Orchidaceae) in the Crimea <p>The variety <em>Limodorum abortivum</em> var. <em>viride</em> is known from five localities of the Crimean South Coast. Communities of <em>Quercus pubescens</em> represent all of them, while <em>L. abortivum</em> var.<em> abortivum </em>grows in various forest types. <em>Limodorum abortivum</em> var. <em>viride</em> differs from the nominotypical variety by shorter, thinner, and completely green floral stem and somewhat smaller flowers. At the same time, the difference in inflorescence density was not confirmed by Student’s t-test. This variety is similar in morphological parameters and the habitat to <em>L. abortivum</em> var. <em>gracile</em> described from Greece. However, <em>L. abortivum</em> var. <em>gracile</em> differs from <em>Limodorum abortivum</em> var. <em>viride</em> by nearly white flowers. It is supposed that the both varieties are similar due to origination in similar conditions.</p> V.V. Fateryga, A.V. Fateryga Copyright (c) 2019 Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 To the study of the Imperial Eagle in the Altai <p>Summarized information on the distribution, abundance, and ecology of the Imperial Eagle <em>Aquila</em><em> heliaca</em> in Altai is given. Altai refers to the territory of the Altai Territory (168 thousand km<sup>2</sup>) and the Altai Republic (92.6 thousand km<sup>2</sup>), which had the status of the Gorno-Altai Autonomous Region within the Altai Territory of the RSFSR until 1991 within its current borders. Altai is one of the few Russian regions where the Imperial Eagle inhabits almost all natural zones, with the exception of highlands. The population of the species is declining in the Altai Territory, but is still in relatively good condition in the Altai Republic. Nesting groups are characterized by uneven spatial distribution. This is due to the gravity of the Imperial Eagle to meadow-steppe areas with an intense pasture load.</p> V. M. Vazhov, R. F. Bakhtin Copyright (c) 2019 Vazhov, Bakhtin Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New data on the distribution of spider wasps (Hymenoptera, Pompilidae) <p>An annotated list of spider wasps collected in the circumpolar region of Western Siberia (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District) for the first time is given. The six species are listed, of them five species are newly recorded from Tyumen Province. The <em>Episyron rufipes</em> (Linnaeus, 1758) is newly recorded from Western Siberia.</p> R.T-o. Baghirov Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Chemotaxonomic study of Spiraea aemiliana compared to the closely species S. betulifolia and S. beauverdiana <p>The composition and content of phenolic compounds in the leaves of <em>Spiraea aemiliana</em> Schneid. from 2 natural populations growing on the Island of Kunashir were studied by HPLC. The chromatographic profiles of <em>S. aemiliana</em> and closely related species <em>S. betulifolia</em> Pall and <em>S. beauverdiana</em> Schneid. were compared. Nineteen compounds were detected in 40 % water-ethanol extracts from the leaves of <em>S. aemiliana</em>. Of these, сhlorogenic, p-сoumaric and cinnamic acids, quercetin, kaempferol, hyperoside, isoquercitrin rutin, avicularin, astragalin and dihydroquercetin (taxifolin) were identified. A specific compound in the leaves of <em>S. aemiliana</em> is isoquercitrin, not identified in other closely related species. The chromatographic profiles of <em>S. aemiliana</em> and <em>S. betulifolia</em> are generally very similar. This is additional evidence of the opinion of scientists about the taxonomic rank of <em>S. aemiliana</em> as a subspecies, variation, or form of <em>S. betulifolia</em>. <em>S. aemiliana</em> (the sum of phenolic compounds varies from 16.4 to 23.,88 mg/g) is more similar to <em>S. beauverdiana</em> in the quantitative content of phenolic compounds. Leaves of <em>S. aemiliana</em> contain a lot of hyperoside (up to 9.50 mg/g), which is almost twice as much as that of <em>S. beauverdiana</em> (up to 4.3 mg/g) and 6 times that of <em>S. betulifolia</em> (up to 1.55 mg/g). The revealed difference in the hyperoside content between the three <em>Spiraea</em> taxa is statistically significant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> V.A. Kostikova, A.A. Kuznetsov, E.D. Tishchenko, A.N. Fayzylkhakova Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Morphological and taxonomic analysis of the polymorphic complex Spiraea betulifolia ‒ Spiraea beauverdiana in Russia <p>The authors have studied the diversity of genus <em>Spiraea</em> L., <em>Calospira</em> C. Coch section in terms of the morphological characters on the basis of 32 natural populations. The key has been made for the identification of species. Two species of <em>Calospira </em>section spirea grow in the Asian part of Russia (<em>S. betulifolia</em> Pall. and <em>S. beauverdiana </em>C.K. Schneid.), which most probably used to be two ecotypes of the same species some time ago. <em>S. betulifolia </em>Pall. subsp.<em> aemiliana </em>(C.K. Schneid.) H. Hara subspecies grows on the Islands in the Asian part of Russia (Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands). Its distinctive features are small round or spatulate (obovate) lamina and the absence of the inflorescence follicles pubescence, as well as a few metrical characteristics, the average values of which do not overlap with <em>S. betulifolia</em> and <em>S. beauverdiana </em>average values. This taxon has a trend towards stabilization of morphological characteristics, but has not yet sufficiently separated from&nbsp;<em>S. betulifolia</em>.</p> V.A. Kostikova, A.A. Kuznetsov, V.I. Troshkina, A.P. Belanova Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Biometric parameters of some mammals in Kochkor valley <p>Such prominent zoologists as N. A. Severtsov (1877), D. N. Kashkarov (1923–1926), V. N. Shnitnikov (1936), D.P. Dementiev (1938-1955) initiated the study of animals in the Kochkor valley, as well as the territory of&nbsp; Kyrgyzstan. As a result of their research, the species composition, distribution and biological features of some species of animals were revealed. Based on the above, the relevance of studying the biota of the Kochkor valley was recognized and the purpose of this study was: clarification of mammalian fauna; determination of the biometric parameters of some mammalian species.</p> T.I. Imanaliev Copyright (c) 2019 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Classification of ecological-coenotic groups. Different procedural approaches (the case of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area–Yugra vascular plant flora) <p>The comparative expert and statistical estimation were executed for ecological-coenotical groups system and coenomorphs of A.L. Belgard by example of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra vascular plant flora. Both systems have given appropriate estimations, correspond to principal abiotic factors gradients and groups locations in phytometer scales. For both classifications identical principal abiotic factors have been detected, but systems differ for inverse ordination vectors of this factors gradients. For the region is recommend using of joint meadow and joint paludal groups, separate oligotrophic bog and ruderal groups and specified of sylvatic group.</p> N.N. Nazarenko, E.Yu. Pasechnyuk Copyright (c) Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Addition to the flora of vascular plants of the cluster "Aryskannyg", nature reserve "Uvs Nuur Basin" (Tyva Republic) <p>The article provides information on the previously undetected species of vascular plants for the territory of the State Nature Biosphere Reserve "Uvs Nuur basin" and for the cluster "Aryskannyg".</p> A.M. Samdan Copyright (c) Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Distribution of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the agrolandscape of Northwestern Russia <p>The agrolandscape in Northwestern Russia (fields and field borders, forest edges and separate forest plots) include 12 species of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), which belong to four genera. On the fields of different farm crops, we have collected 8 different ant species. <em>Myrmica</em> <em>rubra</em> and <em>Lasius</em> <em>niger</em> are the basic species on the fields. These are eurytopic species, capable of building nests in the ground. <em>M</em>. <em>rubra</em> and <em>L</em>. <em>niger</em> are much rarer on the cultivated lands than on the surrounding biotopes – field borders and forest edges.</p> O.G. Guseva, A.G. Koval Copyright (c) Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 On the distribution of Campsicnemus armatus (Zetterstedt, 1849) species group (Diptera: Dolichopodidae) <p>The <em>Campsicnemus armatus</em> species group differs from the other groups in simple male legs, but with the mid tibia bearing a comb-like posteroventral row of blunt-ended bristles. It includes the Palaearctic <em>Campsicnemus armatus </em>(Zetterstedt, 1849), <em>C. pumilio </em>(Zetterstedt, 1843), <em>C. vtorovi </em>Negrobov et Zlobin, 1978, and <em>C. caffer </em>Curran, 1926, known from northern and southern Africa. <em>C. armatus</em> var. <em>deserti </em>Vaillant, 1953 (unavailable name) from Algeria is associated with <em>C. caffer</em>, which is now spread in the two zoogeographical Regions. New records are given for <em>C. armatus</em>, <em>C. vtorovi</em> and <em>C. caffer</em>. Modified couplets in a key to Palearctic species of <em>Campsicnemus</em> and a new key to Afrotropical species of the genus are provided. Photographs of male antenna and mid tibia of species of the <em>Campsicnemus armatus</em> group are published for the first time.</p> I.Ya. Grichanov Copyright (c) Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Аdditions to the fauna of Auchenorrhyncha (Homoptera) and Heteroptera of the Sikhote-Alin State Nature Biosphere Reserve (Russian Far East) <p>The paper presents new materials on Auchenorrhyncha (Homoptera) and Heteroptera of the Sikhote–Alinsky State Reserve collected in 2017-2018. For the fauna of cicadas, data on 31 species are given, of which 22 species are first recorded for the Reserve. The fauna of Heteroptera is supplemented with 35 species and now includes 195 species. For the first time, <em>Gerris brachynotus</em> and <em>Kalama koreana</em> (Lee, 1967) are recorded for the Primorsky Territory, and the endemic <em>Oncochila loginovae</em> Golub, 1982 was also found.</p> N.N. Vinokurov, E.V. Kanyukova, K.A. Ostapenko, M.E. Sergeev Copyright (c) Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Vegetation of the high mountains of the North-East Tuva Republic <p>High-mountain vegetation of North-West Tuva is characterized by great diversity. We identified 10 associations and one subassociation belonging to six classes of the ecological-floristic classification. This is caused by dissimilarity of climatic conditions determined formation of two types of high-mountain landscapes — alpine and goltsy. Other researchers earlier described most of syntaxa. For the first time we described two associations and one subassociation. <em>Сallianthemo sajanensis–Geranietum krylovii</em> ass. nova hoc loco association is placed in <em>Violo altaicae–Festucion krylovianae</em> Ermakov et Zibzeev 2012 prov. provisional alliance and <em>Lagoto integrifoliae–Caricetum ensifoliae</em> ass. nova hoc loco association — in <em>Anemonastro–Festucion ovinae</em> Chytrý et al. 1993 alliance. Both associations are included in <em>Violo altaicae–Festucetalia krylovianae</em> Ermakov et Zibzeev 2012 prov. provisional order of <em>Juncetea trifidi</em> Hadač in Klika et Hadač 1944 class. Communities of <em>Сallianthemo sajanensis–Geranietum krylovii</em> ass. nova hoc loco are restricted to gentle plains and concave moderately steep mountain slopes of various exposures of subalpine and montane-tundra belts of North-West Tuva. Associations <em>Lagoto integrifoliae–Caricetum ensifoliae</em> ass. nova hoc loco are typical of the mountain tundra belt of the humid sector of North-East Tuva and occur on gentle slopes of the mountains and mountain terraces. Subassociation (<em>S.o.–R.q.</em>) <em>pedicularietosum fissae</em> subass. nova hoc loco is placed in <em>Rhodiolion quadrifidae</em> Hilbig 2000 alliance, <em>Rhodioletalia quadrifidae</em> Hilbig 2000 order, <em>Rhodioletea quadrifidae</em> Hilbig 2000 class. Coenoses of (<em>S.o.–R.q.</em>) <em>pedicularietosum fissae</em> subassociation are restricted to the mountain tundra belt of the humid sector of North-East Tuva and occur on the slopes of southern and southwestern exposures. We registered that the high-mountain vegetation of North-East Tyva mainly connected to magmatic acid rocks. The western border of subalpine meadow areas is on the western and southwestern slopes of East Sayanfacing, the Todzha Basin.</p> M. Yu. Telyatnikov, D.N. Shaulo, S.A. Prystyazhnyuk, A.I. Shmakov Copyright (c) Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New data on the systematics and fauna of Dolichopus subpennatus D'Assis Fonseca, 1976 and Dolichopus pennatus Meigen, 1824 (Dolichopodidae, Diptera) <p>The differential diagnosis between <em>Dolichopus subpennatus</em> and <em>Dolichopus pennatus</em> is given. The morphology of the hypopygium of <em>Dolichopus pennatus</em> and <em>Dolichopus subpennatus</em> is studied for the first time. New features are distinguished by the structure of the ventral episternum of the thorax, metanotum and the morphology of the hypopygium. The form of the 3rd antenna segment cannot be used to distinguish between species due to intraspecific variability. The data on the fauna of <em>Dolichopus pennatus</em> and <em>Dolichopus subpennatus</em> are given<em>. Dolichopus pennatus</em> is for the first time indicated by the Arkhangelsk and Sverdlovsk regions. <em>Dolichopus subpennatus</em> is first indicated for Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, Leningrad, Voronezh, Kursk, and Perm regions of Russian Federation, and also for Altai.</p> O.V. Selivanova, O.P. Negrobov, O.O. Maslova Copyright (c) Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Eucocconeis P.T. Cleve (Bacillariophyta) representatives in water bodies and streams of West Siberia <p>The results of the analysis of literature and original data on ecology and geographical distribution of 5 <em>Eucocconeis</em> P.T. Cleve species in the algal flora of West Siberia are given. Information relevant to halobility, active water reaction, saprogenity and geographical distribution is presented for each of species.</p> Yu.V. Naumenko Copyright (c) Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The current species composition and ecological-geographical characteristics of plankton communities in the littoral zone of some lakes of the Uldza-Torey basin (Trans-Baikal Territory) <p>We studied the taxonomic structure and ecological characteristics of the plankton in the coastal zone of some mineral lakes and reservoirs of the Uldza-Torey basin (Transbaikal Territory) in August 2018. We established that the lake plankton had low species diversity: there were 47 species of microalgae and 43 species of invertebrates. Ecological-geographical analysis (geography and habitat) showed the prevalence of widespread species of algae and invertebrates in plankton. We registered species of the plankton-benthic complex in the phytoplankton and eurybiont species in the zooplankton. The use of cluster analysis allowed us to identify algo- and zoocenoses with similar taxonomic composition.</p> N.A. Tashlykova, E.Yu. Afonina Copyright (c) Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Occurrence of snow leopard Panthera uncia (Scherber, 1775) in the territory of the Katon-Karagai National Park (South-West Altai, East Kazakhstan) <p>The note provides information on the new meeting of the snow leopard <em>Panthera&nbsp; uncia</em> (Scherber, 1775) on the territory of the Katon-Karagai National Park (South-West Altai, East Kazakhstan). This rare mammal species listed in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)</p> A.U. Gabdullina, Zh.B. Amanbaev Copyright (c) 2019 Gabdullina, Amanbaev Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New data on the spider fauna (Arachnida, Aranei) of the Altai Territory <p>A checklist of 30 spider species recorded from the Tigirek State Nature Reserve (the Altai Territory) is provided, of which four species are recorded from the reserve for the first time and one is new to the Altai Mts. Also, the family Uloboridae was first recorded for the reserve.</p> V.V. Sidorov, M.S. Galyuta Copyright (c) 2019 Sidorov, Galyuta Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The communities of macrozoobenthos in tundra water bodies in low reaches of the Indigirka River (Northern Yakutia) <p>Taxonomic composition of zoobenthos, density, biomass, species diversity, and composition of the dominant complex of southern tundra water bodies in the lower reaches of the Indigirka River are discussed in the article. In this research, we considered 51 reservoirs: 8 lakes, 2 grass-Hypnum bogs, and 41 small tundra reservoirs. The composition of zoobenthos includes 17 invertebrate taxa of 3 types and 7 classes. The types of <em>Mollusca</em> and <em>Arthropoda</em> represent the majority regards zoobenthos diversity. Communities of <em>Amphipoda, Mollusca, Arachnida, Trichoptera, Plecoptera, Diptera</em> arevdominated by density and biomass. The community of Lake Dukarskoe had the highest value of Shannon index. Macrozoobenthos of the studied reservoirs has high faunistic similarity due to the periodic exchange of species. This mechanism contributes to the mutual enrichment of benthic waters in reservoirs and the maintenance of their diversity in the subarctic tundra.</p> A.P. Burnasheva, N.K. Potapova Copyright (c) 2019 Burnasheva, Potapova Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Algae-pollen monitoring in Altai Biosphere Reserve (Altai Republic, Russia) <p>The results of study of primary biological aerosols (pollen and algae spectra) in the precipitation deposited on the territory of the Altai Biosphere Reserve (Altai Republic, Russia) from July to October 2017 are presented.&nbsp;In the analyzed samples, 28 taxa of pollen grains and algae were revealed. Using of the HYSPLIT model the main regions-suppliers of pollen and algae on the area of Altai Biosphere Reserve for the specified period were determined.</p> E.Yu. Mitrofanova, N.A. Kuriatnikova, N.S. Malygina, О. Demberel Copyright (c) 2019 E.Yu. Mitrofanova, N.A. Kuriatnikova, N.S. Malygina, Otgonbaiar Demberel Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Beetles (Insecta, Coleoptera), sampled with use of light trap on the Curonian Spit: the materials of the sixth season <p>Field light-trapping on the territory of the national park “The Curonian Spit” (samples at the territory of the field ornithological station “Fringilla”) in 2018 provided rich material of the beetles. Totally 10719 specimens of Coleoptera identified as belonging to 173 species from 118 genera and 30 families were caught in an ecotone zone between the white dune complex and the middle-aged pine forest. Among them, seven species, <em>Hygrotus polonicus</em> (Aubé, 1842), <em>Berosus spinosus</em> (Steven, 1808), <em>Bledius tricornis</em> (Herbst, 1784), <em>Platystethus arenarius</em> (Geoffroy, 1785), <em>Atheta boletophila</em> (Thomson, 1856), <em>Euplectus piceus</em> Motschulsky, 1835 and <em>Telmatophilus schoenherrii</em> (Gyllenhal, 1808), are recorded for the Kaliningrad Region for the first time. The different indexes of biodiversity were calculated. The comparison with the analogical by methods and locality results of 2011 year are presented. The materials on pine chafer (<em>Polyphylla fullo</em>) were specially analyzed. The number of males collected through light trap is much more than the number of females. The males show different frequency of two color forms with the sharp and stable dominance of dark coloration under bright coloration (the ratio is 2:1). The color forms in females are represented by equal ratio.</p> V.I. Alekseev, A.P. Shapoval Copyright (c) 2019 Alekseev, Shapoval Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Vascular plants of the Yov plateau (Northern Urals) <p>The results of the Yov plateau flora study are presented in the article. The Yov plateau is located at the junction of the Konzhakovsky and Serebryansky mountain ranges of the Kytlym mountain plexus in the Northern Urals (Sverdlovsk Region, Russian Federation). Among the landscapes of the Northern Urals, the Yov plateau is distinguished by one of the richest in composition of rare protected plant species. As a result of field research, viewing of the herbarium and analysis of literary sources, 156 species, subspecies and notovids of vascular plants, including 2 species from the Red Book of the Russian Federation (2008) (<em>Rhodiola rosea</em>, <em>Saussurea uralensis</em>) and 14 species from the Red Book of the Sverdlovsk Region (2008), were registered on the Yov plateau. Two species, <em>Botrychium lanceolatum</em> and <em>Saussurea × igoschinae</em>, are recommended for inclusion in the new edition of the Red Book of the Sverdlovsk Region (Postanovlenie Pravitel'stva Sverdlovskoi oblasti, 2018). Mineral development and road construction threaten the preservation of the Yov plateau landscape and populations of rare species. Yov plateau needs special protection measures.</p> E.V. Pismarkina, M.S. Knyasev, A.G. Bystrushkin Copyright (c) 2019 Pismarkina, Knyasev, Bystrushkin Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Flora of the Regional Reserve “Tavolzhansky” (Tyumen Region) <p>Based on research materials in 2016 and 2018, a list of the flora of vascular plants of the regional natural reserve "Tavolzhansky" (Sladkovsky district, Tyumen region), which is a part of the wetland of international importance "Lakes of Tobol-Ishim forest-steppe", was updated. The revealed flora includes 228 species of vascular plants from 154 genera and 47 families. In this flora, 101 species are new to the territory of reserve, and 37 species are new to the Sladkovsky district. The conspectus of the identified flora with indicating the abundance and occurrence of species is given. The growth of 8 plant species protected in the Tyumen region was detected within the studied territory, and the condition of their populations was assessed. It was proposed to expand the territory of the reserve with include the entire water area of the lake Solyonoje, within is located the Tavolzhan island. This will contribute to the preservation of populations of not only protected plant species, but also waterfowl and near-water birds.</p> O.A. Kapitonova Copyright (c) 2019 Kapitonova Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Global data on biodiversity of the Altai mountain country, presented in the world's scientific depositories <p>The Altai mountain country (AMC) is the highest uplift of North Asia, its biodiversity level is three times richer than Western Siberia. The biodiversity of the AMC territory has been explored for 200 years. At the same time, the greatest number of finds falls on the last 30 years since the beginning of a detailed study of the Altai mountainous country by specialists of the South-Siberian Botanical Garden of AltSU (Barnaul) under the guidance of the Botanical Institute named after. V.L. Komarova (St. Petersburg). In this study, botanical and geographic zoning of the AMC territory was performed with the use of open GIS systems (GeoJSON). A list of 42 world scientific depositories containing the information on animals, plants and fungi findings of AMC placed in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) was obtained. The gained information serves as a basis for systematists-researchers of the AMC territory flora and fauna to search for locations of materials storage in their research objects, as well as familiarity with their digital copy by a remote method. The described algorithm is effective and can be applied for other territories.</p> A.V. Vaganov, A.I. Shmakov, P.D. Gudkova Copyright (c) 2019 Vaganov, Shmakov, Gudkova Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Biological features of rare species of Iridaceae Juss. family in flora of Uzbekistan ex situ <p>Features of generative and vegetative reproduction of 6 rare species of Iridaceae listed in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Uzbekistan (2009) (<em>Crocus alatavicus</em>, <em>Gladiolus italicus</em>, <em>Juno hippolyti</em>, <em>J. orchioides</em>, <em>J. svetlanae</em> and <em>J. magnifica</em>) were studied under conditions of introduction in the Tashkent Botanical garden. It was shown that species with a wide range (<em>Crocus alatavicus, Gladiolus italicus, Juno orchioides</em>) were the most labile, less labile - species with a narrow range (<em>Juno magnifica</em>) and endemics of Uzbekistan (<em>J. hippolyti</em> and <em>J</em>. <em>svetlanae</em>).</p> M.D. Turgunov, V.P. Pechenitsyn, N.Yu. Beshko, A.I. Uralov, D.A. Abdullaev Copyright (c) 2019 Turgunov, M.D., Pechenitsyn, V.P., Beshko, N,Yu., Uralov, A.I., Abdullaev, D.A. Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Type specimens of the names of the families Betulaceae, Ranunculaceae, Asparagaceae and Tofieldiaceae taxa in collection of M. G. Popov Herbarium (NSK) <p>The article contains the information on type specimens of the names of 11 taxa of the families Betulaceae (<em>Betula</em>), Ranunculaceae (<em>Anemone, Caltha, Delphinium</em>), Asparagaceae (<em>Asparagus</em>) and Tofieldiaceae (<em>Tofieldia</em>) kept in M. G. Popov Herbarium of the Central Siberian Botanical Garden of SB RAS (NSK), including 5 holotypes, 4 isotypes, 3 paratypes, 1 authentic specimen. A new combination: <em>Asparagus gibbus</em> Bunge var<em>. baicalensis</em> (N. V. Vlassova) N. V. Vlassova, comb. nov. is given. The protologue, type category, text of the original label are cited for each specimen.</p> V.M. Doronkin, N.V. Vlasova, E.A. Pinzhenina Copyright (c) 2019 Doronkin, Vlasova, Pinzhenina Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The first record of Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 (Odonata: Libellulidae) in Siberia, Russia <p><em>Libellula depressa</em> (Linnaeus, 1758) was recorded from the NW foothills of Altai Mts. at the Inya River near the Chineta Village (51.34° N, 83.05° E) in Kranoshchekovo District of Altayskiy Kray Province, Russia. This record was made for the first time in the territory of Russia, eastward of Urals and in 150 km NNE of the closest locality in East Kazakhstan in Ust’-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen).</p> O.E. Kosterin, A.V. Gribkov Copyright (c) 2019 Kosterin, Gribkov Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 A new subspecies of Chrysochroa margotana Novak, 1992 (Coleoptera, Buprestidae) from Myanmar <p>The paper provides the description of a new subspecies of <em>Chrysochroa margotana</em> Novak, 1992 from Burma and restoration of <em>C. margotana</em> Novak, 1992 as a valid specie name as a result of morphological analysis of close species from subgenus <em>Chrooxantha</em>, group <em>mniszechi</em> (<a href="#Hołyński">Holynski, 2009</a>).</p> A.S. Zubov, A.Yu. Titarenko Copyright (c) 2019 Zubov, Titarenko Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Species diversity of tree plantations in industrial enterprise protective zones (Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine) <p>Some 49 species of woody plants were identified among the tree plantations in sanitary protection zones of industrial enterprises in Zaporizhzhya (southeastern Ukraine); 10 species of tree plants are present in all the sanitary protection zones. The number of plant species in protective plantings varies considerably from 11 ("Zaporizhskloflus") to 30 species ("Zaporizhstal"). The similarity of the species composition in plantations was assessed using the Jaccard and Sørensen indices. We calculated the species richness by Margaleff and Shannon indices, the dominance indices were calculated according to Simpson and Berger-Parker. The vast majority of forest belts in the sanitary protection zones of Zaporizhzhya industrial enterprises require the species enrichment, taking into account the tolerance of species to various pollutants.&nbsp;</p> A.V. Sklyarenko, V.P. Bessonova Copyright (c) 2019 Sklyarenko, A.V., Bessonova, V.P. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0700 First records of long-legged flies (Diptera, Dolichopodidae) from Fars Province of Iran <p>This paper provides data on distribution of 9 long-legged fly species (Diptera, Brachycera, Dolichopodidae) belonging to 6 genera from Fars province, southern Iran. Four species, Asyndetus albifrons Loew, 1869, Asyndetus chaetifemoratus Parent, 1925, Medetera media Parent, 1925 and Sciapus adumbratus (Becker, 1902) are newly added to the Iranian insect fauna. In addition, available information for each species and comments on geographical distribution and taxonomy are also included.</p> S. Rezaei, I. Ya. Grichanov, M. Fallahzadeh Copyright (c) 2019 S. Rezaei, I.Ya. Grichanov, M. Fallahzadeh Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Investigation of biodiversity and distribution of rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) in the agrolandscape in Northwestern Russia <p>62 species of 38 genera of Staphylinidae were found on the field of wheat and on adjacent semi-natural habitats in the Leningrad Region. They vary by the occupied areas and their abundance on various parts of agrolandscape. <em>Philonthus cognatus</em> Steph., <em>Dinaraea angustula</em> (Gyll.) and <em>Aloconota gregaria</em> (Er.) have shown to be the most numerous species on the wheat field, whereas <em>Drusilla canaliculata</em> (F.) and <em>Zyras humeralis</em> (Grav.) are the most abundant in adjacent habitats. The population of the rove beetles varies significantly between the field and adjacent semi-natural habitats</p> O. G. Guseva Copyright (c) 2019 O.G. Guaseva Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 On rear true bugs (Heteroptera) of Siberia and the South of Russian Far East <p>The annotated list contains information on the distribution of 43 rare species from 11 families of true bugs in Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. Of these for the first time is recorded for the Altai Republic <em>Plinthisus vestitus</em> Jakovlev, 1889, Novosibirsk District – <em>Stygnocoris cimbricus</em> (Gredler, 1870), Krasnoyarsk Territory<em> – Megalonotus antennatus</em> (Schilling, 1929) and Yakutia – <em>Salda muelleri </em>(Gmelin, 1790),<em> Microvelia reticulata</em> (Burmeister, 1835), <em>Aradus betulinus</em> Fallén, 1829, <em>Megalonotus chiragra</em> (Fabricius, 1794), <em>Nemocoris falleni</em> R.F. Sahlberg, 1848, <em>Graphosoma lineatum</em> (Linnaeus, 1758). Plant bug <em>Leptopterna dolabrata</em> (Linnaeus, 1758) is recorded for the Primorsky Territory as introduced pest of cereals and perennial grasses.</p> N. N. Vinokurov Copyright (c) 2019 Vinokurov N.N. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New data on the distribution of fungus gnats (Diptera: Bolitophilidae, Keroplatidae) in Tyva Republic (Russia, Siberia) <p>An annotated list is given and the distribution of 13 species of fungus gnats of the families Bolitophilidae and Keroplatidae, collected from Tuva in Eastern Siberia, is provided. As a result of our study, 11 species were added to the list of fungus gnats of Tuva</p> Sh. V. Donchak, E. Yu. Subbotina, Yu. V. Maximova Copyright (c) 2019 Sh.V. Dongak, E.Yu. Subbotina, Yu.V. Maximova Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The genus Alchemilla L., 1753 (Rosaceae) in the Tyva Republic (Russia, Southern Siberia) flora <p>Based on revision of the principal herbarium collections of Russia, 34 <em>Alchemilla</em>-species in the flora of Tyva Republic were registered. With a high probability we can expect the detection of another species (<em>A. krylovii</em>). For the first time, 20 species were registered for the region. <em>A. inversa</em>, that was described from this territory, and, moreover, <em>A. pachyphylla,</em> which had not been taken into account in earlier review by mistake, were also included in the list. For three species (<em>A. aperta, A. bungei, A. dasyclada</em>), cited earlier on the basis of erroneous definitions, the presence in the territory of Tyva was confirmed. Three species (<em>A. rigescens, A. monticola, A. rubens</em>), noted in previous reviews, are proposed to be excluded from the list due to redefinition of samples. Nomenclature citations, the data on the distribution of species in the natural areas of Republic, their preferred habitats, on their occurrence, an appurtenance to the groups of ecological and chorological elements. A key for species included in the list was constructed.</p> A. V. Chkalov Copyright (c) 2019 A.V. Chkalov Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New data on the distribution of digger wasps of the genus Ammophila W. Kirby, 1798 (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae) <p>An annotated list is given and the distribution of five species of digger wasps genus <em>Ammophila</em>, collected in the circumpolar regions of Western Siberia (in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District) in 2017, is specified.</p> R. T.-o Baghirov, A. A. Nesterovich Copyright (c) 2019 Baghirov, R.T-o., & Nesterovich, A.A. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 The composition of algae in the Lake Arakhley during spring-summer period (Transbaikal region) <p>According to the materials of hydrobiological examination of the Lake Arakhley spring and summer 2017 are presented: taxonomic structure, a list of identified microalgae, as well as the composition of the dominant complex. It is established that phytoplankton of the lake has 97 taxa below the genus. Its basis (86.6%) is made up of representatives of four phyla: Bacillariophyta, Chlorophyta, Chrysophyta and Cyanobacteria. The most commonly encountered species were: <em>Lindavia comta, Fragilaria crotonensis, F. radians, Ulnaria </em><em>ulna</em><em>, Cocconeis placentula, Nitzschia graciliformis, Chrysococcus rufescens, Dinobryon cylindricum, </em><em>D</em><em>. </em><em>divergens</em><em>, D. sertularia, Kephyrion spirale, Oocystis marssonii</em>.</p> N. A. Tashlykova Copyright (c) 2019 N.A. Tashlykova Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 New records of true bugs (Heteroptera) from Khakasia <p>The paper contains data of 15 species of heteropterous insects from 8 families for the first time found for Khakassia.</p> S. V. Kuzhuget Copyright (c) 2019 S.V. Kuzhuget Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Distribution of ground beetles of the genus Amara Bonelli, 1810 (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in the agrolandscape in Northwestern Russia <p>The article investigates the abundance of beetles of the genus <em>Amara</em> in the agrolandscape of the Leningrad Region. In the period from 2004 to 2010, 14 <em>Amara</em> species were collected by pitfall trapping. <em>Amara fulva</em> (O.F. Müll.) is the most common species in the potato and clean fallow fields, <em>Amara similata</em> (Gyll.) – in the grain and grasses fields, and <em>A</em>.<em> communis</em> (Pz.) ˗ in adjacent semi-natural habitats respectively. The cluster analysis shows that assemblages of ground beetles of the genus <em>Amara</em> in fields of different crops, field boundaries, and adjacent habitats are separated from each other. In the agrolandscape, the population of beetles of the genus Amara reaches its greatest species richness and abundance in perennial grassfields. In addition, to our best knowledge, this research was a first time when <em>Amara ingenua</em> (Duft.) was observed feeding on the flowering spikelets of timothy grass (<em>Phleum pratense</em> L.).</p> O. G. Guseva, A. G. Koval Copyright (c) 2019 O.G. Guseva, A.G. Koval Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Hairy Fungus Beetles (Coleoptera, Mycetophagidae) of the Almaty Oblast (Sout-East Kazakhstan) <p>The hairy fungus beetles (Coleoptera: Mycetophagidae) in Almaty oblast of Kazakhstan is reviewed including diagnoses, illustrations, distributions, and natural history. Total 7 species and 3 genera were identified - <em>Mycetophagus quadripustulatus, M. quadriguttatus, M. fulvicollis, M. multipunctatus, M. piceus, Litargus connexus</em> and <em>Typhaea stercorea</em>. The data on the fauna of hairy fungus beetles of 3 protected areas of Almaty oblast are given. In the State national natural park "Ile-Alatau" all 3 genera and 7 species of Mycetophagidae found in Almaty oblast are noted. For the State national natural park Altyn-Emel, 3 genera and 5 species are indicated: <em>M. quadripustulatus, M. quadriguttatus, M. piceus, Litargus connexus</em> and <em>T. stercorea</em>. In the State national natural park "Zhongar-Alatau" 2 genera and 4 species were found: <em>M. quadripustulatus, M. quadriguttatus, M. multipunctatus</em> and <em>T. stercorea</em>. At present, the State national natural park “Ile-Alatau” is the richest in species diversity of hairy fungus beetles from the three specially protected natural territories in which research was conducted. Information about some species of fungi, on which hairy fungus beetles were marked, is presented for the first time. <em>M. quadriguttatus</em> has not previously been reported on <em>Agaricus campestris, Russula betularum, Pleurotus dryinus, P. ostreatus, Сoprinellus domesticus, Lepista personata</em>. <em>M. quadripustulatus</em> - not recorded on the fungi <em>Bjerkandera fumosa, L. personata, Cortinarius purpurascens, P. dryinus</em> and <em>Agaricus bitorquis</em>. <em>M. piceus</em> &nbsp;- on <em>B. fumosa, C. purpurascens</em> and <em>P. dryinus</em>. <em>M. multipunctatus</em> &nbsp;- on <em>Trametes ochracea, L. personata, C. purpurascens, A. bitorquis, R. betularum, Lycoperdon pratense</em> and <em>P. dryinus</em>. <em>M. fulvicollis</em> on T<em>. ochracea, Cerioporus squamosus, Scleroderma citrinum</em> &nbsp;and <em>P. ostreatus</em>. <em>Litargus connexus</em> - on <em>L. personata, C. purpurascens, T. ochracea</em> and <em>P. ostreatus</em>. <em>T. stercorea</em> - on <em>Antrodia serialis, C. purpurascens, T. ochracea, C. squamosus </em>and <em>Byssonectria terrestris</em>.</p> I. I. Temreshev Copyright (c) 2019 I.I. Temreshev Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Description of a new species of Chrysina Kirby, 1828 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) from resplendens group, based on morphological characters and mtDNA COX I molecular marker <p>A new species of the genus <em>Chrysina </em>Kirby, 1828 is decribed from Panama. <em>Chrysina kalinini </em>sp.n. is related to <em>Chrysina resplendens </em>(Boucard, 1875) in habitus, male genitalia morphology and mtDNA COX I molecular marker). The two closely related species differ in the shape of pronotum, mesosternal process and male genitalia. mtDNA COI molecular marker analysis gives a reliable distance for the compared species.</p> A. S. Zubov, N. V. Ivshin, A. Yu. Titarenko, B. V. Andrianov Copyright (c) 2019 Zubov, A.S., Ivshin, N.V. Titarenko, A.Yu., & Andrianov, B.V. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Determination of saxitoxin in water of Lake Baikal <p>Samples of surface water were taken in the littoral zone of the Aya and Tutay Bays (the west shore of Lake Baikal), Mukhor Bay (the Maloe More Strait), Posolsky Sor Bay and near Turka village (the east shore of the lake) during the cyanobacterial bloom in summer 2018. Saxitoxin was determined by a procedure based on chemical modification of saxitoxin with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine and the following identification of saxitoxin hydrazone by means of liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry. A modified procedure was proposed for the samples with a low predicted concentration of saxitoxin. It was demonstrated that the concentration of saxitoxin in all the samples was lower than the maximum allowable concentration for drinking water (&lt; 3 μg/L).</p> G. A. Fedorova, A. V. Kuzmin, I. N. Zubkov, I. V. Tikhonova, I. R. Shtykova, T. V. Butina, O. I. Belykh, M. A. Grachev Copyright (c) 2019 Fedorova, G.A., Kuzmin, A.V., Zubkov, I.N., Tikhonova, I.V., Shtykova, Y.R., Butina T.V., Belykh O.I., & Grachev M.A. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Occasional photographic records of butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea) in Cambodia. 1. The coastal Cardamom foothills (SW Cambodia), 2010-2018 <p>Results are presented of occasional photographic records of butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea) made along with studies on the Odonata fauna in 63 localities of four coastal provinces of SW Cambodia (Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep) in 2010-2018. In total, 151 identified and 15 provisionally identified species are listed; 39 identified species (<em>Troides helena, Graphium agetes, Prioneris philomone, Abisara echerias, Arhopala abseus, A. aedias, A. aida, A. alitaeus, A. atosia, A. avatha, A. bazaloides, A. elopura, Cigaritis lohita, Sinthusa nasaka, Lampides boeticus, Udara selma, Zizeera karsandra, Danaus affinis, Euploea phaenareta, Parantica agleoides, Cyrestis themire, Euthalia malaccana, E. phemius, Discophora timora, Lethe mekara, Badamia exclamationis, Burara harisa, Odina decorata, Tagiades menaka, Ancistroides nigrita, Gangara lebadea, Halpe zola, Hyrtaotis adrastus, Lotongus calathus, Matapa aria, M. sasivarna, Pirdana hyela, Suastus minutus, Thoressa masoni</em>) and 8 provisionally identified species (<em>Poritia</em> cf. <em>erycinoides, Nacaduba</em> cf. <em>pavana, </em>?<em>Cephrenes acalle, Erionota </em>cf<em>. torus, Halpe</em> cf<em>. hauxvillei, Notocrypta</em> cf. <em>clavata, Potanthus</em> cf. <em>subochraceus</em>, ?<em>Polytremis lubricans</em>) are for the first time reported for Cambodia. These, as well as some other provisionally identified and unidentified species are illustrated. The only not so expected record is a Sondaic species <em>Arhopala athada</em>.</p> O. E. Kosterin Copyright (c) 2019 Kosterin, O.E. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Morphological and ecological-biological features of the spontaneous hybrid Acer platanoides L. × A. truncatum Bunge <p>The article gives a description of the spontaneous hybrid <em>Acer platanoides</em> L. × <em>A. truncatum</em>, Bunge revealed during introductions research in the Botanical Garden of SFedU. The prerequisite for the emergence of closely related hybrids was the use of the method of genus complexes in the creation of a collection. Interspecies hybrids are detected in polymorphic genera: <em>Acer</em>, <em>Berberis</em>, <em>Corylus</em>, <em>Crataegus</em>, <em>Lonicera</em>, <em>Sorbus</em>. The economic interest is represented by a spontaneous hybrid <em>A. platanoides</em> × <em>A. truncatum</em>. The following are given: morphological description of the hybrid and parental species, their basic ecological and biological properties (winter hardiness, drought resistance, resistance to diseases and pests, seeds reproductive capacity), seasonal development rhythm, characteristics of seeds and decorative qualities.</p> O. I. Fedorinova, B. L. Kozlovskiy, M. V. Kuropyatnikov Copyright (c) 2019 Fedorinova, O.I. Kozlovskiy, B.L. & Kuropyatnikov, M.V. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Infraspecific morphological variations of Salvia limbata in Iran <p><em>Salvia limbata </em>is an aromatic herb of Lamiaceae, which distributed in different parts of Iran. Studies have revealed that this species has several benefit compounds for human health. In this study, we investigated infra‒specific morphological difference in this species. In total, 21 inflorescence morphological features were evaluated in eight populations; ten individuals were evaluated per each population. Data were analysed using SPSS and MVSP softwares. Morphological traits highly differed among the studied populations and ANOVA test revealed significant differences among most of them. According to UPGMA tree, PCA and PCO plots of morphological characteristics, we reported four distinct phenotypes among the studied populations. CA. Joined plot revealed each of these group were characterized by special traits, which were useful in identification of them. Two phenotypes were monotypic, while the rest were composed of two to four populations. This species has a relative large geographical distribution, the distribution of its populations in diverse area will prevent the focus of natural selection in a given direct. Therefore different phenotypes were found in its different populations.</p> S.M. Talebi, P. Yadegari, S. Behzadpour, A. V. Matsyura Copyright (c) 2019 Talebi, S.M., Yadegari, P. Behzadpour, S., & Matsyura, A. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Insect biodiversity as indicators of environmental condition of territories of South Kazakhstan <p>The results of visual field surveys of the composition of indicator insect species and their abundance, expressed in points, for natural and anthropogenic transformed territories of southern Kazakhstan are presented. The information content of various indices of the species diversity of insects was found at a five-point estimate of abundance. For the studied territories, the most informative indicators on the range of variability were the number of registered species, as well as the polydominance index and the index of Margalef. Under standard visual accounting conditions used, a linear dependence of the type y = 2.8x was established between the number of all marked indicator species, as well as the number of species from individual orders (x) and their numbers in points (y). The data obtained suggest that the diversity of indicator insect species may be the simple and informative regional indicator of the ecological status of individual territories.</p> S. G. Slivinsky, V. L. Kazenas, I. I. Temreshev Copyright (c) 2019 Slivinsky, G.G., Kazenas, V.L., Temreshev, I.I. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 A list of Lepidopterans (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North Kazakhstan. Part 3. <p>Based on the faunistic studies in North Kazakhstan in 2017-2018, a list of 246 species is given. 124 species are for the first time reported for the North Kazakhstan region</p> S. A. Knyzev, I. A. Zuban' Copyright (c) 2019 Knyazev, S.A., Zuban’, A.I. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Ecological and biological evaluation of varietal resources Paeonia L. in Ukraine <p>The present state of the trends of the use of herbaceous species of <em>Paeonia </em>L. was studied and their prospects for greening the Podillya area were determined. The cultivars and hybrids of peony culture are investigated, entered in the State Register of Ukraine and analyzed the dynamics of their creation over the years. The analysis of researches and publications of cultivars of milky-flowered breeding breeding in our country was carried out. The decorative properties of the herbaceous peony varieties (<em>Paeonia lactiflora </em>Pall.) Were analyzed and the characteristics of the varieties represented by the originator of the varieties represented by all indicators were studied. According to the results of the research, <em>Paeonia </em>L. varieties, which are entered in the State Register on a set of indicators that determine their decorative and economic and biological qualities, are recommended as objects for the enrichment of the plant variety for planting the Ukraine. The analysis of species and grade composition of <em>Paeonia </em>L.</p> V. A. Mazur, H. V. Pantsyreva, K. V. Mazur, V. V. Monarkh Copyright (c) 2019 Mazur, V.A., Pantsyreva, H.V., Mazur, K.V., Monarkh, V.V. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 On peculiarities of the ground spider fauna (Aranei: Gnaphosidae Pocock, 1898) of the Altai Mountains <p>A checklist of 114 species in 15 genera of the Gnaphosidae recorded from Altai Mts is provided. A level of endemism and taxonomic composition of the Altai fauna are compared with those of other mountain regions of Northern Eurasia. A significance of the Altai Mts as a center for species diversity of several gnaphosid genera is evaluated. Comparative data on species diversity and distribution of ground spiders across different regions and altitudinal zones of the Altai Mts are provided. Regional gnaphosid faunas of the Altai are compared. A high level of endemism and its possible causes are discussed.</p> A. A. Fomichev Copyright (c) 2019 Fomichev, A.A. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 Diversity structure of phytoseiid mites in urban plant habitats <p>We founded that <em>E.&nbsp;finlandicus</em> and <em>K. aberrans</em> formed the nucleus of Phytoseiidae community on the plants of urbanized environment in the result of study of 93 plant species (55 species of tree-and-shrub (58.9%) and 38 species of herbaceous plants (41.1%). Our research was carried out in plantations along the main and secondary municipal highways, near residential area and industrial buildings, on private plots of the private building area, in city parks and squares of Kyiv, Uman, Brovary, and Vasylkiv (Ukraine). The peculiarities of their distribution among urban plant associations, which differ from each other by different characteristics (population, area, degree of urbanization) were determined. Both species - <em>E. finlandicus </em>and<em> K. aberrans</em> have a rather extended range of indicators of relative biotope contiguity (-0.91&lt;Fij&lt;0.43 and -0.93Fij&lt;0.96) that indicated their property to inhabit large number of plants. The indicator of <em>K. aberrans </em>occurrence, which was the highest in the city with the smallest degree of urbanization (Vasylkiv), decreased in the city with the maximum possible degree of urbanization (Kyiv). This indicator of <em>E. finlandicus</em> on the contrary increased along the gradient from a smaller city to the metropolitan city. <em>K. aberrans</em> inhabit a large number of plant species (33 species), while preferred plants from Rosacea family. <em>E. finlandicus</em> dominated by number of urban plant species it inhabited (75 species, 79.78%), absolute number of individuals in collected samples of predatory mites (504), occurrences index (Is = 74.49%), and by index of Palii-Kovnatsi (Di = 51.42%). The dominance of <em>E. finlandicus</em> species was registered in both groups of plants. The distribution of Phytoseiidae’s was primarily connected with the possibility of their movement along the surface of the substrate. Speed of mites moving was not the same in different species and depended on their morphology and plant morphology. Both species lived and laid eggs on the underside of the leaf. <em>K. aberrans</em> was more commonly found near the central vein of the leaf, while <em>E. finlandicus</em> was observed more evenly on the leaf plate, which can be explained by it higher vagility. <em>K. aberrans</em> could inhabit high number on fruit varieties of plants with pubescence leaves. Morphological features of plant leaves did not affect the spread of <em>E. finlandicus </em>species, therefore, they could be considered more "universal". However, it reached a higher quantity on the plants with a smooth surface of a leaf plate. Certain temperature, illumination regime, air and soil humidity caused the differences in mites spreading at various habitats.</p> S. L. Grabovska, I. I. Mykolaiko, V. P. Mykolaiko, T. M. Myronyuk Copyright (c) 2019 Grabovska, S.L., Mykolaiko, I.I., Mykolaiko, V.P., Myronyuk, T.M. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0700 First records of invasive pests Almond bud mite Acalitus phloeocoptes (Nalepa, 1890) (Acari, Trombidiformes, Eriophyidae) in Kazakhstan <p>Almond bud mite Acalitus phloeocoptes (Nalepa, 1890) - dangerous pest of fruits trees, was first discovered in Kazakhstan. In 2018, the area of planting of apricots in the Almaty oblast, contaminated by it, was about 150 hectares. Various insecticide been tested for the localization of the pest. During the tests, the highest efficiency was shown by the variants: Vertimek concentrate emulsion 1 l/ha and Omite 75 % concentrate emulsion. They were recommended to horticultural farms for processing against the pest.</p> I. I. Temreshev, B. K. Kopzhasarov, N. D. Slyamova, Z. B. Beknazarova, A. A. Darubayev Copyright (c) 2018 Temreshev et al. Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0700 Analysis of the biotope preferences of butterflies within the Nizhny Novgorod Province (Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera) <p>The biotope distribution of the butterflies of the Nizhny Novgorod Provnce and its regulations are discussed. Seven groups of biotopes are divided and its faunas are descrbed. The stenotopic species and the different types of eurytopic species are described, their ratio is determined. The species with the most adaptive potential are selected and their role as the most possible candidates to occupy atypical biotopes on the studied territory is discussed.</p> S. K. Korb Copyright (c) 2018 Korb Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0700 Notes on Dolichopodidae (Diptera) from the White Sea coast and islands (Russian North) <p>Original data on Dolichopodidae from the Belomorsk district of Karelia and Bolshoi Solovetskii Island (Arkhangelsk Region, Primorskii district) resulted from the short-term visit (2018) are presented. All ten collected species and the genus Medetera are firstly recorded for the Solovetskiye Islands. Dolichopus discifer Stannius, 1831, Dolichopus ungulatus (Linnaeus, 1758), Rhaphium laticorne (Fallén, 1823), Sympycnus pulicarius (Fallén) and Syntormon tarsatus (Fallén, 1823) are new species for the Arkhangelsk Region. Photographs of habitats of dolichopodid species are included.</p> I. Ya. Grichanov, E. I. Ovsyannikova Copyright (c) 2018 Grichanov, Ovsyannikova Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0700 Chrysophycean stomatosysts in tributaries of northern limit of Lake Baikal <p>Phytoplankton samples from the Verkhnaya Angara and Kichera rivers as well as from the Dushkachanskoye, Sredneye and Dagarskoye mouths, were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy. Among 58 chrysophyte stomatocysts found in the samples, 25 are described as new to science.</p> A. D. Firsova, A. Yu. Bessudova, E. V. Likhoshway Copyright (c) 2018 Firsova, Bessudova, Likhoshway Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0700 Alien macroinvertebrates in bottom communities of Novosibirsk Reservoir (an ecological and faunal review) <p>The construction and further use of reservoirs have become a leading factor of alien species introduction and distribution in the Ob-Irtysh basin. In the Novosibirsk Reservoir, the fauna of alien species is represented by five species, three of which (Gmelinoides fasciatus Steb., Micruropus possolskii Sowinsky and Neomysis intermedia (Czerniavsky)) were deliberately introduced to increase the reservoir's forage base, whereas the rest two (Viviparus viviparus (L.) and Astacus leptodactylus Eschscholtz) appeared as a result of unintentional introductions. The history of penetration and naturalization of each species was traced, the ecological factors of their habitation were analyzed, and their current spatial distribution were studied. Despite low species richness, the alien species dominate in the formation of the bottom communities of the reservoir.</p> L. V. Yanygina Copyright (c) 2018 Yanygina Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0700 The fauna and ecology of wasps of the genus Tachysphex Kohl, 1883 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Crabronidae) in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan <p>An annotated checklist containing 11 species in five species groups of the wasp genus Tachysphex that occur in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic is presented. Five species are recorded from Azerbaijan for the first time: Tachysphex ferrugineus Pulawski, 1967, T. nitidus (Spinola, 1806), T. pompiliformis (Panzer, 1803), T. mocsaryi Kohl, 1884 and T. costae (de Stefani Perez, 1882). Six species are recorded from Nakhchivan AR for the first time: Tachysphex consocius Kohl, 1892, T. fulvitarsis (A. Costa, 1867), T. helveticus Kohl, 1885, T. brevipennis Mercet, 1909, T. pulcher Pulawski, 1967, T. dignus Kohl, 1889. Data on landscape and habitat distributions of each species are given.</p> M. M. Maharramov, Kh. A. Aliyev, A. B. Bayramov Copyright (c) 2018 Maharramov, Aliyev, Bayramov Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0700 Interpretation of the plants ceonomorphes from the South-East of Ukraine in terms of phyto-indicative scales <p>The article shows the discrete nature of the plants ceonomorphes on an example of flora of the southeast of Ukraine. Using discriminant analysis shows that ceonomorphes are discrete classes of plant species which are isolated between themselves to a greater extent than it can be assumed on the basis of only the continuum nature of the ecological differences between species. The predictors used in the discriminant analysis are diapason Didukh’s phytoindicator scales and rescaled Ellenberg scales. The high level of discrimination ability of the model built on the basis of continual predictors shows a considerable species specificity within individual ceonomorphes. The ecomorphic analysis of the ceonomorphes is presented. The aridants as a new ceonomorph is proposed. The reason of the the ceonomorphes compact configuration is a coadaptation of the plant species within each ceonomorphes, as well as in the transforming influence on the environment of the plant community. Using the method of tree classification the rules for the ceonomorphes identification are searched based on the allocation ceonomorphes within phytoindication scales. Phytoindication scales suggested to consider as biotope markers and ceonomorphes suggested to consider as ecotope markers.</p> A. V. Zhukov Copyright (c) 2018 Zhukov Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0700