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O. Reshetylo

Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians of NAS of Ukraine
4, Kozelnytska St., Lviv 79026, Ukraine
reshetylo@yahoo.com

13 amphibian species are revealed in the region of Prypiat river basin, what is 65% of the amphibian species diversity of Ukraine. Considerable differences of qualitative and quantitative composition of amphibian communities in the spatial gradient of Prypiat basin are found out: diversity and number decreasing of the communities along the complex zonal and climatic gradients is noticed, i.e. southwards and eastwards. Anthropogenic factor also has negative influence on the formation and dynamics of amphibian communities diversity. According to the data analysis the conditional division of the investigated Prypiat basin into four regions after the feature of diversity of the amphibian communities is suggested. A row of actions which would contribute to conservation and maintaining not only amphibian diversity, but biodiversity in general as well in Prypiat basin is proposed.


Keywords: amphibian communities, diversity, protection, floodplain landscape, Prypiat basin


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