Theriologia Ukrainica
(former Proceedings of the Theriological School)

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download pdfBrusentsova, N. The badger (Meles sp.) in museum collections of Ukraine: analysis of label data using GIS. Theriologia Ukrainica. 2019. Vol. 17: 3-7.



The badger (Meles sp.) in museum collections of Ukraine: analysis of label data using GIS


Brusentsova, N.


Slobozhanskyi National Nature Park (Krasnokutsk, Ukraine)


Theriologia Ukrainica. 2019. Vol. 17: 3-7.




Ukrainian, with English summary, titles of tables, captures to figs, and references


Labels information of 144 badger samples from 9 museums of Ukraine has been study. Their georeferencing was carried out and the thematic database of geodata was created. The database contains 108 badger samples from Ukraine, 23 samples from other countries, 13 samples without labels. The largest number of badger samples is stored in the National Museum of Natural History NAS of Ukraine, and the smallest in Zoological Museums of the Dnipro National University and Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. In the natural history collections of the Zoological Museum of the A. S. Makarenko Sumy Pedagogical State University badger is absent. The largest number of samples was collected in the Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Luhansk, Kharkiv regions and Crimea. Materials from the Volyn, Zaporizhzhia, Khmelnytsky, Vinnytsia, Kirovohrad, Kherson regions were not found in the collections of the studied museums. Examples of regional museums are mostly collected within the nearest regions. The collection of the National Museum of Natural History NAS of Ukraine has a wide geography of the collected materials. Due to the fact that the Meles meles with wide range has been divided into four species (M. meles, M. leucurus, M. anacuma, M. canescens), it is expedient to redefine museum samples from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, central and eastern parts of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Over time, the largest number of samples was collected during the period 19401970 (n = 34). The smallest samples fell into the museum funds in 19702000, when the European badger was listed in the Red Book. Findings of badgers in a large area of Odesa and Luhansk regions after 1990 show that this species is common here at now. A generalized sample of badger specimens and its analysis using GIS allowed to evaluate the species within the entire country both in space and in time, with a small number of samples in each separate museum.


Meles, badger, museum data, natural history collection, GIS, georeferencing



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