DYNAMICS OF REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION AND ECOLOGY INVESTIGATION OF RARE MAMMALS OF TAIGA EURASIA (CASE STUDY OF FLYING SQUIRREL PTEROMYS VOLANS, RODENTIA, PTEROMYIDAE)

Juri Kurhinen, Vladimir N. Bolshakov, Svetlana N. Bondarchuk, Elena V. Vargot, Sergey N. Gashev, Elena A. Gorbunova, Evgeniy S. Zadiraka, Ernest Ivanter, Sergey K. Kochanov, Elena V. Kulebyakina, Viktor N. Mamontov, Artur V. Meydus, Evgenia A. Muravskaya, Dmitriy S. Nizovtsev, Tatyana E. Pavlyushchik, Valdis Pilats, Andrey V. Sivkov, Natalja S. Sikkilya, Leonid V. Simakin, Evgeniy N. SmirnovUudo Timm, Ilpo Kalervo Hanski

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Abstract

This study of the spatial distribution and ecology of the flying squirrel during the turn of the 20th century provides a description of new methods and techniques for detecting and accounting flying squirrels in the forest zone of Eurasia. The flying squirrel population area covers the territory of 61 regions of Russia, including Kamchatsky Krai and Chukotka Autonomous District. The number of flying squirrels in Karelia especially to the east – in the Arkhangelsk region and Western Siberia – significantly exceeds that of Finland, but considerable spatial variability in the number is obvious through all the regions: there are areas where this animal is quite abundant, or inhabits all the territory rather evenly, and there are areas where it is completely absent in vast territories even with seemingly favourable conditions. The flying squirrel is quite difficult to study and the reasons of its absence in obviously favourable areas are still to be explained. Some reasons are: the specificity of favourable landscape, forest coverage pattern, trophic relationships with predators and genetic aspect. A number of hypotheses are supposed to be tested in the nearest future.
Key words: accounting, flying squirrel, forest zone, home range, spatial distribution.
Translated title of the contributionИССЛЕДОВАНИЕ ДИНАМИКИ ТЕРРИТОРИАЛЬНОГО РАСПРОСТРАНЕНИЯ И ЭКОЛОГИИ РЕДКИХ МЛЕКОПИТАЮЩИХ ТАЕЖНОЙ ЕВРАЗИИ (НА ПРИМЕРЕ ЛЕТЯГИ PTEROMYS VOLANS, RODENTIA, PTEROMYIDAE) in English INVESTIGATION OF THE DYNAMICS OF REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION AND ECOLOGY OF RARE MAMMALS TAIGA EURASIA (FOR EXAMPLE Letyago PTEROMYS VOLANS, RODENTIA, PTEROMYIDAE)
Original languageRussian
JournalNature conservation research. Zapovednaâ nauka
Volume1
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)78–84
Number of pages7
ISSN2500-008X
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology

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