Dime Melovski

Dime Melovski
Macedonian Ecological Society | MES · Department of Wildlife Sciences, University of Goettingen

M.Sc.

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September 2006 - November 2015

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The Macedonian butterfly fauna numbers 205 species. In this paper we record Nymphalis vaualbum for the first time and confirm the presence in Macedonia of the so-far omitted Polyommatus aroaniensis. Furthermore, the second locality in the country of the Carterocephalus palaemon is reported, along with new localities of Papilio alexanor. The find...
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We studied the relationship between the variability and contemporary distribution of pelage phenotypes in one of most widely distributed felid species and an array of environmental and demographic conditions. We collected 672 photographic georeferenced records of the Eurasian lynx throughout Eurasia. We assigned each lynx coat to one of five phenot...
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Regular assessments of species’ status are an essential component of conservation planning and adaptive management. They allow the progress of past or ongoing conservation actions to be evaluated and can be used to redirect and prioritise future conservation actions. Most countries perform periodic assessments for their own national adaptive manage...
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Aim Genome‐wide genetic data can provide key input for both taxonomy and conservation, but its use in this context remains limited. In this study, we performed the first genome‐wide assessment of genetic variation in two populations of the Eurasian lynx, the Balkan population, the most threatened, and the Caucasian population, a possible glacial re...
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The Balkan lynx Lynx lynx balcanicus is a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx distributed in the south-west Balkans, with relict populations in the Mavrovo National Park and surroundings in North Macedonia and the Munella Mountains in Albania, and with single individuals in Bjeshkët e Nemuna, western Kosovo. In 2015 the Balkan lynx was assessed as Crit...
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Habitat fragmentation and loss have contributed significantly to the demographic decline of European wildcat populations and hybridization with domestic cats poses a threat to the loss of genetic purity of the species. In this study we used microsatellite markers to analyse genetic variation and structure of the wildcat populations from the area be...
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The aim of this study is to provide a descriptive analysis on the livestock keeping systems in the Albanian and North Macedonian parts of the Prespa basin and evaluate the extent and types of conflicts existing between shepherds and large carnivores, by the means of a questionnaire survey that was conducted through face-to-face interviews between S...
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Being of high conservation interest, butterflies are one of the most studied groups of insects in Europe. With nearly 10% of endangered species on European level, each small contribution of the distribution status of butterflies represents a significant input in further conservation efforts. Although the butterflies are a well-studied insect group...
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Diversity and comparative distribution study of butterflies was conducted in Prespa region on Macedonian, Albanian and Greek side in 2010, 2013 and 2016 respectively. The main aim of this study was to ascertain the realistic state of the butterfly fauna in the Prespa Region. We have registered 119 butterfly species in variety of habitats, from lacu...
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We contribute new data about distribution of 10 small mammal species in North Macedonia. For the first time wе recorded the presence of two brown-toothed shrews in еastern Macedonia – Sorex araneus and S. minutus. We documented the highest known observation in Europe for Microtus hartingi – from about 1000 m a.s.l. We provide new records of Glis gl...
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Spatial and foraging ecology of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) has been well recognized, however due to the distinct taxonomic position and geographic isolation of its Balkan population, it is important to learn and compare its ecology to other populations of this felid. Therefore, the paper offers the first ever investigation into the spatial and f...
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The increasing trend of large carnivore attacks on humans not only raises human safety concerns but may also undermine large carnivore conservation efforts. Although rare, attacks by brown bears Ursus arctos are also on the rise and, although several studies have addressed this issue at local scales, information is lacking on a worldwide scale. Her...
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Satellite telemetry is an increasingly utilized technology in wildlife research, and current devices can track individual animal movements at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolutions. However, as we enter the golden age of satellite telemetry, we need an in-depth understanding of the main technological, species-specific and environmental fact...
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R-code for boosted beta regression (Fix acquisition rate). (R)
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Covariate partial effects on the variability of the fix acquisition rate. (PDF)
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Tagged individuals per species. (PDF)
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Covariate partial effects on the variability of the Overall fix success rate. (PDF)
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Trends in observed data. (PDF)
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Global dataset for boosted beta regressions. (CSV)
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Description of data fields in S1 Data. (CSV)
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Satellite telemetry articles published. (PDF)
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Distribution of response variables and covariates. (PDF)
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Unit purchase and operation costs. (PDF)
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R-code for boosted beta regression (Overall fix success rate). (R)
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Standardized data collection questionnaire. (PDF)
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Satellite telemetry evaluations. (PDF)
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We tested differences in attitudes towards bears, wolves and lynx among the rural public in Albania and Macedonia through information collected from a questionnaire survey (n = 759). Wolves were the species with the least positive attitudes among the rural public and had the lowest support for conservation compared with bears and lynx. In addition,...
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With an estimated < 50 adult individuals remaining, the Critically Endangered Balkan lynx Lynx lynx balcanicus is one of the rarest, most threatened and least-studied large carnivores. To identify priority conservation areas and actions for the subspecies, during 2006–2014 we conducted 1,374 questionnaire surveys throughout the potential range of t...
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The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx L. 1758) is an ambush predator with preference for medium-sized ungulates. The felid, however, has a varied diet which includes other animals, ranging from lagomorphs and rodents to chiropterans and small carnivores. The paper offers an overview of the alternative diet of the endangered population of the Balkan subspeci...
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The golden jackal’s Canis aureus range in Europe is expanding rapidly and populations are increasing. Historically restricted to the Mediterranean and Black sea coastal regions [1], jackals are now reproducing in most of Southeastern European and some Central European countries [2-4]. Current population trends suggest that population expansion is f...
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Golden jackals have been expanding across Europe in recent decades. In the former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia they have been considered extinct since the 1960s. Using a questionnaire survey and a camera trap study we provide the first unequivocal evidence for the re-establishment of the species in the country. The questionnaire survey indi...
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The assessment of the diversity of invertebrates in Macedonia was based on previous assess-ments and analyses of new published data in the period 2003-2013 (after the first country study on biodiversity). The total number of species was estimated at almost 13400 that represents an increase of more than 3700 species. The largest number of species is...
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The assessment of the diversity of invertebrates in Macedonia was based on previous assessments and analyses of new published data in the period 2003-2013 (after the first country study on biodiversity). The total number of species was estimated at almost 13400 that represents an increase of more than 3700 species. The largest number of species is...
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Shape files of current and historical distribution maps of large carnivore species in Europe. Also available from http://datadryad.org/resource/doi:10.5061/dryad.986mp
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The conservation of large carnivores is a formidable challenge for biodiversity conservation. Using a data set on the past and current status of brown bears (Ursus arctos), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), gray wolves (Canis lupus), and wolverines (Gulo gulo) in European countries, we show that roughly one-third of mainland Europe hosts at least one larg...
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Conservation and management of large carnivores is often hampered by the lack of information of basic biological parameters. This is particularly true for brown bears (Ursus arctos) in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia. The bear population in this country is important, as it links bear populations of the central part of the Dinaric–Pi...
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Population size and distribution of a target species are among the most important features in conservation biology. By knowing these parameters, an effective management for conservation can be applied in the range countries of its distribution. This is particularly relevant for the smallest and long-term isolated autochthonous populations of the Eu...
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The Brown bear (Ursus arctos L.) is the largest of the carnivore species found in the area of Prespa Lakes’ watershed. Indeed, it is clear from surveys of public opinion that it enjoys considerable popularity among the local population, as well as having full legal protection in all three countries sharing Prespa Lakes’ watershed. It is a species w...
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The remnant population of Balkan lynx Lynx lynx martinoi is small, isolated and highly threatened. Since 2006 a conservation project has surveyed its status and promoted its recovery in Albania and Macedonia. Eurasian lynx are often associated with conflicts of an economic or social nature, and their conservation requires a focus on the people shar...
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From a conservation point of view, Macedonia's brown bear (Ursus arctos) population appears to be a key link in the distribution of one of Europe's largest brown bear populations, the Dinaric-Pindos population. The lack of information concerning the bear population in the Republic of Macedonia and bear acceptance by local people inspired us to expl...
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This report compiles all reliable data on the status of the Brown bear population in Republic of Macedonia.
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Results of the investigation of butterflies on Jablanica Mt. are presented in this paper. Field research was conducted in the summer period in a time span of four years (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009). A total of 107 species were registered on 31 localities. The richest habitats with species were clearings in beech forest (76 species), followed by past...
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The paper refers to the diversity of the daily butterfly fauna in the Struga region as well as the base of Jablanica mount., which represent one of the eight prime butterfly areas in Macedonia. The field research took place from June to October 2009. 47 species were registered in 11 localities.
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Following the massive declines of Eurasian lynx in Europe during the 20th century, 3 of the 4 surviving relict populations have begun impressive recoveries. In addition, many populations have been re-established through reintroduction. Only the relict in the southern Balkan mountains on the border of Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo has ap...
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The Balkan lynx population is the most endangered autochthonous population of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in the world. Its present distribution is restricted to the border areas between Macedonia and Albania, spreading north into Montenegro and Kosovo and with vague indications in northern Greece. Due to the critical situation of the Balkan lynx...
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In the frame of the "Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme", a camera-trapping survey was performed in the Mavrovo National Park, Macedonia from 26.02 until 26.04.2008. The aim of the survey was to gain data on the distribution and minimal number of the lynx population in the National Park (730 km2), which is considered as a core area of the Balkan lynx p...
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The main objective of this project was to develop a National Ecological Network (NEN) in FYR Macedonia. In doing so it will contribute to the development of the Pan-European Ecological Network (PEEN), the emphasis of which is now moving from the level of international policy and mapping to a focus on national, regional and local mapping and practic...
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One of the most activities of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme in Albania and Macedonia was the completion of a baseline survey in both countries, to assess the ecological conditions for the Balkan lynx and the main threats to its survival. The area selected for conducting the survey covers northern, eastern and southeastern Albania, and western...
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The ecology, status, and conservation needs of the critically endangered Balkan lynx are not well understood. Therefore, there was a need to conduct a baseline survey in the potential lynx range in Albania and Macedonia. The aim of the baseline survey was to assess the distribution and relative abundance of lynx and other large carnivores as well a...
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The Balkan lynx is the most endangered autochthonous population of the Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx. The present known distribution of the Balkan lynx is restricted to the border areas between Macedonia and Albania, spreading north into Montenegro and Kosovo. The Balkan lynx has probably only survived because the border region between former Yugoslavia,...
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Protected areas can play an important role in species conservation. Therefore, the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme, jointly implemented by EURONATUR and KORA as international partners and the NGOs PPNEA and MES as the main national partners, does not only focus on generating more and new information about the Balkan Lynx (Lynx lynx martinoi), its di...
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Araschnia levana (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera: Nymphaliadae) is recorded for the first time in the fauna of the republic of Macedonia from Shar Planina Mountains, Skopje region, Jakupica Mountains, Ograzhden Mountains, Galichica Mountains, Kavadarci and Kratovo region. Records are mapped for Macedonia and the flight period is discussed.
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Concerning the fauna of daily butterflies (Rhopalocera), Bistra Mt. is not well studied region. During our investigation, 87 species were registered from 47 localities. The distribution of species is presented by localities, altitude and habitats.
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Shar Planina Mt. is one of the richest mountains with butterflies from suborder Rhopalocera, not just in Macedonia, but in Balkan Peninsula as well. During this research on Shar Planina Mt. (from 1995 to 1998 and 2000), 102 species were collected from 40 different localities. One species (Araschnia levana) is for the first time recorded for the Mac...

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