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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The flora of the town of Blagaj was observed and researched during the vegetation seasons from 2004 to 2014. In total, 723 plant taxa from 102 families are presented in the list, 577 of which are newly found, while the presence of 14 previously reported taxa was not confirmed. Alien taxa present exclusively in culture were not analysed in this work. The most common family is Asteraceae s. l. (11.76%), followed by Poaceae (9.82%), Fabaceae (7.75%) and Lamiaceae (6.50%). The predominant life-forms are therophytes and hemicryptophytes with 265 and 264 taxa, respectively (36.65% and 36.51%). The floral elements spectrum shows the strong prevalence of Mediterranean plants (29.46%), while Central European plants are almost absent (0.41%). A total of 38 taxa are found on the National Red List, while 27 taxa are classified as invasive. © 2015, Croatian Natural History Museum. All rights reserved. Source

Fridlender A.,Aix - Marseille University | Pustahija F.,University of Sarajevo | Solic M.E.,Institute Mountain and Sea | Abadzic S.,National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina | And 4 more authors.
Botanica Serbica

It is difficult to distinguish hysteranthous Colchicum species growing in Dalmatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, even the two most common taxa (C. autumnale and C. neapolitanum subsp. visianii). There are no clear vegetative characteristics suitable for good identification of these species. The nuclear DNA values, however, reveal differences between these two species and also among other taxa. Genome size was studied for the first time in: C. hungaricum Janka (2C = 5.38 ± 0.3 pg); two Dalmatian endemics C. neapolitanum (Ten.) Ten. subsp. kochii (Parl.) Fridl. (2C = 10.9 ± 0.3 pg) and C. neapolitanum (Ten.) Ten. subsp. visianii (Parl.) Fridl. (2C = 10.41 ± 0.32 pg) and for Italian C. neapolitanum (Ten.) Ten. subsp. neapolitanum (2C = 10.0 ± 0.1 pg) endemic to Basilicata - Campania. Genome size of C. autumnale L. from Bosnia and Herzegovina (2C = 6.17 ± 0.31 pg) does not differ from other west European populations. Based on this important character and also on morphological studies, we propose taxonomic revision of some taxa. As genome sizes of the two generally confused species C. neapolitanum subsp. visianii and C. autumnale are very different, flow cytometry is useful for identification, conservation inventories and management concerning these two taxa. © 2014 Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden Jevremovac, Belgrade. Source

Kulijer D.,National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina | De Knijf G.,Research Institute for Nature and Forest | Frankovic M.,Oboj V. Odvojak 10 1

The current knowledge on the Odonata fauna of Bosnia and Herzegovina is summarized based on museum and private collections, literature and new unpublished data of the authors. In all, 63 spp. are known, including first reports of Platycnemis pennipes nitidula, Anax parthenope, Gomphus flavipes, G. schneiderii, Cordulegaster heros and Selysiothemis nigra for the country. Caliaeschna microstigma is rediscovered after more than 100 yr. The first reliable data on the occurrence of Somatochlora metallica is reported. More than 1,400 new records were collected and a national odonatol. database has been created. Annotations to the new spp. and to some other faunistically interesting species are given. Possible future additions to the fauna of Bosnia and Herzegovina are discussed. Source

Kulijer D.,National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Boudot X.-P.,University of Lorraine

Two C. insignis specimens from Serbia were found in the collection of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. These constitute both the first record of the sp. in Serbia and its north-westernmost record worldwide. The distribution of the sp. in Europe and the taxonomie characters of the specimens are presented and discussed. Source

Radovic A.,Jelenski hrast 21 | Kati V.,University of Patras | Percec Tadic M.,Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia | Denac D.,Slovenian National Institute of Biology | Kotrosan D.,National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bird Study

Capsule Spatial environmental modelling well predicted nesting distribution of the White stork in Southeast Europe and can be used in conservation planning with respect to climate change. Aims To create spatial models for predicting White Stork presence and densities in the Southeast Europe to identify areas of suitable habitat for White Storks. Methods We quantified the habitat used by nesting White storks in Southeast Europe. Using spatial modelling, we defined a set of free and available online environmental variables that predict the breeding localities of the species. We employed pseudo-absences and the kriging of the residuals in order to create predictive models of nest presence and density. Results The presence-absence model was found to be precise in predicting the presence of nests. Both density and presence of breeding pairs were best explained negatively by elevation, slope, minimum temperature during May, and distance to the nearest human settlement and positively by topographic wetness index, total area of human settlement and spring precipitation. Conclusion Our robust and easily repeatable models offer a conservation tool to reveal suitable but unoccupied localities for breeding White Storks pairs which may inform our understanding of how climate change might affect the species' distribution in the future. For example, protecting White Storks on the Dalmatian coast may become even more significant in the future, because the Dalmatian coast is predicted as the only suitable breeding area in Croatia later this century. © 2014 British Trust for Ornithology Source

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