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Preliminary aspects concerning the herpetofauna from urban and peri-urban environments from North-Eastern Romania: A case study in the city of Suceava

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Autori: Strugariu, Al., Gherghel, I., Huţuleac-Volosciuc, M.V., Puşcaşu, Cr.M

Editorial: Herpetologica Romanica, Bulletin of the Romanian Herpetological Society, 1, p.53-61, 2007.


Due to the scarce available data about urban populations of amphibians and reptiles in Romania, the authors of the present paper aimed to investigate the composition and distribution of the herpetofauna from the urban and peri-urban environments from a city from North-Eastern Romania (the city of Suceava), establish which human activities pose the most serious threat for the herpetofauna, which species are the most vulnerable to human caused ecological stress and which species are the most adaptable when faced with urbanization. 11 species of amphibians (Lissotriton vulgaris, Triturus cristatus, Hyla arborea, Bombina bombina, Bombina variegata, Bufo bufo, Pseudepidelea viridis, Pelophylax lessonae, Pelophylax ridibundus, Rana dalmatina and Rana temporaria) and 5 reptile (Emys orbicularis, Anguis fragilis, Zootoca vivipara, Lacerta agilis and Natrix natrix) species have been recorded in the research area, as well as Pelophylax kl. esculentus and Bombina bombina X Bombina variegata. The most important herpetofaunal areas are two peri-urban environments, one of which is a man-made environment. The species that seem to be the most capable to adapt and survive in urban conditions are Pseudopidelea viridis and the species from the Pelophylax esculentus complex, although all species of amphibians and reptiles are threatened in many ways by urbanization.

Cuvinte cheie: medii urbane si peri-urbane, urbanizare, impact antropic, Suceava, amfibieni, reptile // urban and peri-urban environments, urbanization, anthropogenic impact, Suceava, amphibians, reptiles.