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Preliminary data on the population characteristics of Vipera ursinii moldavica from “Dealul lui Dumnezeu” (Iaşi County, Romania) with notes on conservation

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Author(s): Ştefan R. ZAMFIRESCU | Oana ZAMFIRESCU | Irinel E. POPESCU | Constantin ION

Journal: North-Western Journal of Zoology
ISSN 1584-9074

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Dealul lui Dumnezeu | Vipera ursinii moldavica | population characteristics | protected habitats | protected species

ABSTRACT
Dealul lui Dumnezeu is one of the Moldavian sites (the other one is Valea lui David) from where the Moldavian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii moldavica) has been recorded in the past, and which is currently inhabited by a viper population. The Moldavian meadow viper is a species of European Community interest whose conservation requires the designation of special areas of protection according to European Union environmental regulations. The population of Vipera ursinii moldavica from Dealul lui Dumnezeu is comparable to the one previously studied from Valea lui David in regard to structure, morphology, assessment of environmental stress based on asymmetry observed during the measurement of bilateral traits, and local threats. Steppic plant communities and several other species (one orthopteran, four amphibian, three reptile, and four bird species) recorded from the study area are of Community interest and need strict protection or/and require the designation of special areas of protection.
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