Nina A. Bulakhova

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The fecundity-advantage hypothesis (FAH) explains larger female size relative to male size as a correlated response to fecundity selection. We explored FAH by investigating geographic variation in female reproductive output and its relation to sexual size dimorphism (SSD) in Lacerta agilis, an oviparous lizard occupying a major part of temperate Eurasia. We(More)
We assessed the phylogeographic pattern of Siberian salamander (Salamandrella keyserlingii, Dybowski, 1870), which appear to be the most northern ectothermic, terrestrial vertebrate in Northern Eurasia, by sequence analysis of a 611-bp fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene in 159 specimens from different localities (Khabarovsk region, Sakhalin,(More)
The nucleotide sequence variation of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene was studied in Schrenck newt Salamandrella schrenckii (Strauch, 1870) from populations of Primorye and the Khabarovsk region. Phylogenetic analysis revealed two haplotype clusters, southern cluster 1 and northern cluster 2, with a divergence of 3%. Analysis of the mtDNA and cytochrome(More)
We performed an analysis of nucleotide variation of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) cytochrome b gene in populations of the Siberian salamander (Salamandrella keyserlingii Dybowski, 1870) from Khabarovsk krai; the Jewish autonomous oblast; Amur, Sakhalin, and Magadan oblasts; Sakha; and other regions of northern Eurasia. Two major phylogenetic haplotype(More)
The European common lizard, Zootoca vivipara, is the most widespread terrestrial reptile in the world. It occupies almost the entire Northern Eurasia and includes four viviparous and two oviparous lineages. We analysed how female snout-vent length (SVL), clutch size (CS), hatchling mass (HM), and relative clutch mass (RCM) is associated with the(More)
West Siberian reptiles were studied on the basis of the materials collected in forest, forest-steppe, and steppe zones of the Ob’ region during 12 years. Their abundance in certain biotopes has been determined. The relationship between the heterogeneity of reptile community and basic structure-forming environmental factors has been estimated, and a map of(More)
The adaptations which allowed the Siberian salamander (Salamandrella keyserlingii Dybowski, 1870) to form its exceptionally large, polyzonal range (forest-steppe, forests, and southern tundras of Siberia and part of European Russia) remain insufficiently studied. We checked the hypothesis that S. keyserlingii was able to colonize the northern territories,(More)
The common lizard Zootoca vivipara has the largest range of all the terrestrial reptiles which includes the subarctic regions of the Palaearctic. The species provides a unique model for studying the strategies of adaptation of a reptile to extreme low winter temperatures. The aim of our research was to determine whether this species survives the severe(More)
The Japanese tree frog, a representative of the Manchurian fauna, is characterized by an outstanding cold resistance among the anuran amphibian species studied so far. Almost 70% of the specimens from the population inhabiting the middle Amur River withstand the cooling down to–30°C; some animals, down to–35°C. This exceeds more than twofold the cold(More)
Eisenia nordenskioldi subsp. nordenskioldi is an earthworm species inhabiting a large part of Asia, from approximately the 40° of north latitude to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. This taxon is known to have very high genetic diversity and contains several cryptic genetic lineages. In this study, we investigated phylogeography of E. n. nordenskioldi(More)