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Special Issue "Urban Ecology of the Amphibians and Reptiles"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2023 | Viewed by 6260
Special Issue Editors
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Interests: ecology of amphibians and reptiles; urban ecology; feeding ecology of amphibians and reptiles; herpetology
Interests: reptiles; amphibians; conservation; wildlife; population ecology
Special Issue Information
In contemporary environmental research, the study of the impact of urbanization on the biodiversity and its preservation in cities, the creation of a sustainable urban environment for the biota and its proper management, is taking a very serious place. Urbanization is recognized to be one of the main factors for habitat loss leading to local biodiversity extinction in urban areas. As urbanization is spreading rapidly across the globe, a basic challenge for conservation is to understand how it affects biodiversity. Although urbanization often causes the extinction of native species, the complex nature of urban land use can have a complicated influence on local biodiversity.
Amphibians and reptiles represent a very important component of urban ecosystems. They occur in a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats and therefore tolerate the impact of human activity to varying degrees. This leads to a reduction in their diversity compared to natural conditions and changes in the structure of their populations and communities. Scientific publications of recent years have shown opportunities for the use of amphibians and reptiles as model animal groups in complex urban ecology studies.
This Special Issue will provide an opportunity to highlight new research on the problem of clarification of the ecological processes and changes occurring in the amphibian and reptile populations in urban environments around the world, and studies in this area will help to effectively plan conservation and restoration activities for the urban herpetofauna.
Prof. Dr. Ivelin A. Mollov
Prof. Dr. Richard Seigel
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Seasonal and sex based changes in the feeding ecology and body condition of Bufotes viridis (Anura: Bufonidae) along urban-to-rural gradient in Plovdiv City, Bulgaria
Authors: Ivelin A. Mollov1,*; Zhivko M. Zhelev2; Ivan D. Delev1; Stefan V. Tsonev3
1. University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, Faculty of Biology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Conservation, 24 Tzar Asen Str., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2. University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, Faculty of Biology, Department of Zoology, 24 Tzar Asen Str., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
3. AgroBioInstitute, Functional Genetics, 8 Dragan Tsankov Blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria
Title: Winter activity of Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768) and P. erhardii (Bedriaga, 1876) in urban and suburban habitats in Blagoevgrad city, Bulgaria
Authors: Lidiya Sakelarieva et al.