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Podgorica, Montenegro

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Podgorica, Montenegro

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Cakovic D.,University of Montenegro | Stesevic D.,University of Montenegro | Vuksanovic S.,Natural History Museum of Montenegro | Tan K.,Copenhagen University
Acta Botanica Croatica | Year: 2014

During field investigations on Long Ulcinj Beach, Montenegrin coast, three taxa new to Montenegrin flora were collected: Colchicum cupanii Guss. subsp. glossophyllum (Heldr.) Rouy, Datura innoxia Mill. and Eclipta prostrata (L.) L. The first species is native to Europe, while the others are alien. Colchicum cupanii subsp. glossophyllum is an endemic of the Balkan Peninsula, with a distribution formerly restricted to Greece and Albania, so this new record extends its distribution to the north-west. The distribution of Eclipta prostrata in the Balkans is also enlarged by this new record for Montenegro, in a westerly direction. Copyright® 2014 by Acta Botanica Croatica, the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. All rights reserved.

Andic B.,University of Montenegro | Dragicevic S.,Natural History Museum of Montenegro | Stesevic D.,University of Montenegro | Jancic D.,Center for Eco Toxicological researches | Krivokapic S.,University of Montenegro
Journal of Materials and Environmental Science | Year: 2015

This paper presents the first results of the comparative analysis of reading 11 trace elements (Pb, Cd, As, Hg, Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Mn, Fe, Co) in the mosses - Bryum argenteum Hedw. and Hypnum cupressiforme Hedw. that are collected in Podgorica (Montenegro). These researches showes 7 trace elements (Pb, Cd, Cr, Cu, Zn, Fe, Co, Mn) which have the highest concentration in the sample collected at the site located near the center of Podgorica, where a great frequency of traffic is present every day. By conducting of comparative analysis, it is concluded that there is a strong correlation between the concentration of trace elements in Bryum argenteum Hedw. and Hypnum cupressiforme Hedw. at study area. Also, this analysis showed that moss can accumulate substantial amounts of trace elements, which once again confirms the fact that these plants are good indicators of the environment pollution (biological indicators).

Dragicevic S.,Natural History Museum of Montenegro | Papp B.,Hungarian Natural History Museum | Erzberger P.,Belziger Str. 37
Acta Botanica Croatica | Year: 2012

The present paper is a contribution to the knowledge of the distribution of the moss species Buxbaumia viridis in Montenegro. The records are from 14 known sites at elevations over 1300 m a.s.l. in the northern and north-eastern parts of the country. Population size is remarkable in Durmitor National Park at Crno jezero lake, where sporophytes can be found on ca 50 tree trunks. © 2012 by Acta Botanica Croatica, the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.

Papp B.,Hungarian Natural History Museum | Erzberger P.,Belziger Str. 37 | Dragicevic S.,Natural History Museum of Montenegro
Polish Botanical Journal | Year: 2013

During field trips made in 2007 and 2008 to the Bjelasica Mts, 318 bryophyte taxa (84 liverworts and 234 mosses) were collected. Twenty three taxa are reported here for the first time for Montenegro. Eight of the species recorded are redlisted in Europe.

The male of Crematogaster auberti savinae Zimmermann, 1934 is described for the first time and the worker of this subspecies is redescribed. Crematogaster sordidula mayri (Mayr, 1853) is synonymised with C. sordidula sordidula (Nylander, 1849). Geographical distribution of the genus Crematogaster in Montenegro (C. gordani Karaman, 2008, Crematogaster ionia Forel, 1911, C. montenigrinus Karaman, 2008, C. schmidti (Mayr, 1853a), C. auberti savinae Zimmermann, 1934, C. jehovae Forel, 1907 and C. sordidula (Nylander, 1849) is presented. Identification key based on workers is composed for all the species of Crematogaster distributed in Southern Europe.

The species number, zoogeographical composition and vertical distribution of the ant fauna of the Mediterranean and the oro-Mediterranean part of Montenegro were investigated. A total number of 87 species and subspecies belonging to 28 genera and 4 subfamilies (Ponerinae, Myrmicinae, Dolichoderinae, Formicinae) are recorded. The species belong to 15 zoogeographical elements within the three main zoogeographical zones: Mixed and deciduous forest zone; Mediterranean zone; and Coniferous high mountainous forest zone. Overall species richness is inversely proportional with the altitude. The Mediterranean elements are dominant at the coastal region, and almost absent above 500 m altitude. The species richness of the mixed and deciduous forest zone was the highest at about 700 - 1100 m altitude. The coniferous element is scarce due to the sporadic true coniferous forests in the oro-Mediterranean zone of Montenegro. © 2011 NwjZ, Oradea, Romania.

Taxonomy, morphology and the geographic distribution of four species of the Crematogaster scutellaris group of species, ant genus Crematogaster, in Crna Gora (Montenegro) are presented. Specimens were collected from various localities in Montenegro during the period 1977-2008. The synonymy, distribution, number of collected specimens and the collector are given for each species. Morphology of genitalia of Crematogaster gordani Karaman, 2008, and new information related to the discrimination of males of two sibling species, C. gordani and Crematogaster schmidti (Mayr 1853) are given.

Pajovic I.,University of Montenegro | Petric D.,University of Novi Sad | Bellini R.,Centro Agricoltura Ambiente G Nicoli | Dragicevic S.,Natural History Museum of Montenegro | Pajovic L.,University of Montenegro
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2013

Luštica Peninsula in Montenegro was chosen as a study area to provide data about the distribution and population density of Stegomyia albopicta. This research is a preliminary step in the possible application of the sterile male technique (SIT). Fifty-four ovitraps were placed at 9 sites in August-September 2011-2012 to check peak seasonal activity. All of the nine sites were positive for St. albopicta in 2011; while in 2012, two of the nine places were negative. The most continuous presence of adults was registered at the locality of Tići, where they were collected throughout the entire sampling period. The highest number of eggs per trap (674) and in total was collected at Krašici in September 2011. At the localities Mrkovi and Begovići with a rare incidence of adults, the smallest number of eggs was counted. The two-year-long study showed that a well-established population of St. albopicta is persistently present on the peninsula, pointing to the possibility of testing the potential of SIT strategy in suppressing populations.

Bystriakova N.,Natural History Museum in London | Peregrym M.,Taras Shevchenko National University | Dragicevic S.,Natural History Museum of Montenegro
Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants | Year: 2015

The aim of this study was to explore the way in which environmental aspects influence distributions of rock flora of the Mediterranean basin, using the genus Asplenium as a study system. Using the most comprehensive dataset to date built with the data from museum collections and those obtained in the course of a field survey, we identified patterns of species richness, carried out multivariate analysis, and fitted generalised linear models to the presence/pseudo-absence and abundance data of the three wide-spread taxa. We complemented the information on climatic preferences of the Asplenium ferns by phytosociological data.Based on their distributions in the ecological space defined by temperature- and precipitation-related variables, the Asplenium ferns known for Montenegro were assigned to the three groups: coastal species, generalist, and highland species. Within these groups, no further niche differentiation could be detected given the available environmental factors. Phytosociological information from herbarium specimens was consistent with the results of the multivariate ecological analysis. Non-climatic environmental factors were limiting the distributions of the Asplenium ferns on the country-size scale, but were not statistically significant in separating niches among the species. Our results showed a significant impact of water deficit on the distributions of the two morphologically distinct and locally abundant species; these species can be recommended as potential indicators of the increasing water deficit stress in the European Mediterranean climate. Species richness patterns of the spleenworts of Montenegro suggested that the whole country was important for maintaining the diversity of this group of plants.This study demonstrates the value of natural history collections combined with field data to inform ecological research. For the first time, a numerical analysis of the data concerning distribution and abundance of the most common and wide-spread European ferns of the genus Asplenium in an area with the typical Mediterranean climate was carried out. © 2015 Elsevier GmbH.

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