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Theriologia Ukrainica

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download pdfBolotina, I., A. Savarin. 2022. A review of theriological research in the Polissia in the XIX–XXI centuries. Theriologia Ukrainica, 24: 3–15. [In English, with Ukrainian summary].



A review of theriological research in the Polissia in the XIX–XXI centuries


Inessa Bolotina (orcid: 0000-0002-4988-2134)
Alexandr Savarin (orcid: 0000-0001-9663-6115)


"Green" Network Partnership (Turov, Belarus),
Gomel F. Skorina State University (Gomel, Belarus)


Theriologia Ukrainica. 2022. Vol. 24: 3–15.




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


The history of theriological research in the territory of Polissia from the 19th century to the present is considered (authors, works, and contributions to the study of the mammal fauna of the region). A review of the most significant publications on the theriofauna of the Polissia region is presented. The material is considered in chronological order, in four sections: ‘The period before systematic collectings’ (from the 19th century to 1920), ‘The period of field expeditionary research’ (1920–1940), ‘The resumption of theriological research at a new level’ (1945–1970), ‘Period of detailed stationary studies’ (1971–2000), ‘Modern stage of research’ (from 2001 to the present). A list of the most famous researchers of Polissia is given in accordance with the proposed periodization. The authors conclude that the number of studies and publications for the analysed period is connected, first, with state projects for the economic development of this territory (the construction of the Brest–Moscow railway at the end of the 19th century, large-scale land reclamation of Polissia throughout almost the entire 20th century). The key role of A. V. Fedyushin and I. N. Serzhanin for the development of theriological research is noted. The role of nature reserves created in the Chernobyl territory in the study of the mammal fauna of this region is discussed. The complete list of Polissia mammals including 80 species is given. It is concluded that the Polissia theriofauna has not been fully studied (insectivores, bats, and rodents). The theriological studies in the regions of Polissia were carried out unevenly: from single visits and local expeditions to stationary and long-term monitoring studies. The insufficient level of theriological monitoring and, as a result, the lack of proper analysis of changes in mammal assemblages are indicated. The existing scientific collections, where specimens of mammals from Polissia are stored, are not catalogued into a single database and are difficult to study. In Belarus, theriologists are divided and do not have a common platform for the exchange of information and experience. The positive experience of Ukrainian colleagues in the creation and maintenance of the long-term activity of the Theriological School is presented.


theriological research, theriologists, mammal fauna, Polissia.



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