Nina A. Bulakhova

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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 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 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)
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)
Frozen Siberian salamander safely tolerates long (45 days) stay at–35°C. Short-term (3 days) cooling down to–50°C was tolerable for 40% of adult individuals; down to–55°C, for 80% of the underyearlings. Generally, the salamanders lose about 28% of the body mass during the pre-hibernating period (before winter, at temperatures as low as 0°C) and during the(More)
A hypothesis of range formation of the earthworm Eisenia sibirica Perel et Graphodatsky 1984, which is an endemic species of the Altai–Sayan mountain system and is also found on the adjacent plains of Siberia across the valleys of the rivers, is suggested. The limited distribution of the species can be connected with the insufficient cold hardiness of the(More)
The reproductive system of 319 individuals of the Schrenckii salamander (Salamandrella schrenckii Strauch 1870) (synonym S. tridactyla sensu (Kuz’min et al., 2008) from a Khabarovsk population has been studied before wintering and during the spawning of animals. In the fall, all adult males had enlarged testes filled with bundles of spermatozoa and no(More)
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