Dušan Jelić

Dušan Jelić
Croatian Institute for Biodiversity

PhD, orcid.org/0000-0003-2790-1522

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Introduction
Born in 1982 in Virovitica, Croatia. I have a PhD in Reptile Biology-Ecology. I work as the President of Croatian Institute for Biodiversity. My work includes different aspects of Fish, Amphibian and Reptile research, like distribution, ecology, morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, phylogeography, conservation, etc. I am editor in charge of journal HYLA – herpetological bulletin, author of 7 books and 41 scientific papers dealing with Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles.
Additional affiliations
March 2014 - present
Croatian Institute for Biodiversity
Position
  • Research Officer
January 2008 - March 2012
State Institute for Nature Protection - Croatia
Position
  • Expert associate for vertebrate taxa

Publications

Publications (150)
Conference Paper
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Species of European water frogs (genus Pelophylax) represent a complex group that is widespread in Eurasia, and numerous in the Mediterranean basin. They are characterized by a special mode of reproduction – hybridogenesis, which involves the production of fertile hybrids („kleptons“), such as P. kl. esculentus. European water frogs are known invad...
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The Cat Snake (Telescopus fallax (Fleischman, 1831)) is the only species representing the genus Telescopus in Croatia. Characterized as a nocturnal species with the affinity for bare, rocky substrates its distribution is limited to warm, narrow coastland areas. The focus of this study is on its northernmost range of distribution, karstic river cany...
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Minnows of the genus Phoxinus are common and an often highly abundant fish species in Palearctic freshwater habitats. Phoxinus species have a complex evolutionary history, phylogenetic relationships are not well understood, and there are number of unresolved taxonomic problems. There are currently 23 different mitochondrial genetic lineages identif...
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Spreading of alien water frog species (genus Pelophylax) has been reported across Europe, posing a severe risk for the replacement or genetic swamping of indigenous species. Crna Mlaka fishponds in Central Croatia were an experimental station for freshwater fish aquaculture during the first half of 20th century and hosted fish from different parts...
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To preserve the long-term survival of habitats and wildlife, it is necessary to monitor their status. In protected areas, that is, biodiversity centres, rangers have excellent knowledge of specific locations and they spend a large amount of time in the field. But since rangers are not required to have a university degree, the question is whether th...
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Westernmost population of the Snake-eyed Skink is found in Papuk, Croatia, and is the closest to the population from Ilok, Croatia. So far, the ecology of any of them has not been studied, and here, we document the variation between them. Furthermore, we estimated population density in Papuk using line transects, and quantitatively assessed its via...
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When monitoring bats, the greatest yield in capture rate for survey effort can often be found in riparian and lentic habitats. However, capturing bats over large bodies of water is usually challenging due to the logistics of deploying equipment and extracting bats whilst ensuring the safety of surveyors. We present a novel technique-the "skynet"-as...
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The slow-worm lizards (Anguis) comprise five species occurring throughout most of the Western Palearctic. Although these species are relatively uniform morphologically – with the exception of A. cephallonica, which exhibits a quite unique morphology – they are genetically deeply divergent. Here, we provide detailed distribution maps for each species...
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Proteins encoded by Antigen Processing Genes (APGs) provide MHC class I (MHC-I) with antigenic peptides. In mammals, polymorphic multigenic MHC-I family is served by monomorphic APGs, whereas in certain non-mammalian species both MHC-I and APGs are polymorphic and coevolve within stable haplotypes. Coevolution was suggested as an ancestral gnathost...
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The Levant represents one of the most important reptile diversity hotspots and centers of endemism in the Western Palearctic. The region harbored numerous taxa in glacial refugia during the Pleistocene climatic oscillations. Due to the hostile arid conditions in the warmer periods they were not always able to spread or come into contact with popula...
Book
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Multidisciplinary, natural history monograph of Vjetrenica cave, a biodiversity hot-spot of Dinaric Alps.
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The sculpins Cottus metae and C. scaturigo have previously been distinguished morphologically from C. gobio and described as distinct species. In the present study, sculpin samples from numerous sites covering the proposed range of C. metae and C. scaturigo, including unexamined adjacent sites that include topotypic specimens and other sculpins, we...
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The biogeographical importance of Dalmatia, bordered by the Dinaric Alps and the Adriatic Sea, is evident through the rich biodiversity of this region and its network of protected areas. One of those areas, Krka National Park (NP), supports a wide range of natural habitats, but rapidly increasing tourism puts high pressure on its ecosystems, despit...
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The northern Adriatic Sea has long been known as the foraging and developmental habitat of loggerhead sea turtles. Previous literature on stranded, floating, sighted, and accidentally caught sea turtles is fragmentary and mainly obtained from this shallower northern part. This work presents data on 272 records of stranded, floating, sighted and acc...
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Izgradnja bioloških staza (u inženjerskoj praksi uobičajeno ribljih staza) u određenoj mjeri umanjuje negativne ekološke utjecaje gospodarskog razvoja i omogućuje ostvarivanje uzdužne povezanosti vodotoka koja je ključna za zadovoljenje migracijskih potreba vodnih organizama. Tehničke riblje staze su od najčešće korištenih tipova ribljih staza za u...
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Using morphometric, meristic and qualitative characters, we confirmed a specific status of a clade discovered based on molecular data only. The newly described species Phoxinus krkae has a very local distribution in the upper Krka River but is easily morphologically distinguished from geographically neighbouring species with much wider ranges: Phox...
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Squalius microlepis was examined from recent and historical collections within the known range of the species with special emphasis on intraspecific variability and variations, and compared to its closest relative species S. tenellus (in total, 193 specimens; 33 absolute and 52 proportional measurements and ratios, and 12 counts including vertebrae...
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For the purposes of environmental impact assessment procedure, biological baseline surveys were conducted for the location of the planned project. In addition to the usual methods for fauna survey, an innovative method for detecting species baseline status was used, for the olm (Proteus anguinus), using eDNA. Since the olm is a cave aquatic organis...
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"DRAVA LIFE - Integral River Management" project will restore habitats on seven locations on Drava River through reconstruction of the old ones and the creation of new river side-arms. The project results will raise the awareness of the NATURA 2000 ecological network, establish cross-border cooperation and reduce anthropogenic impact on fauna. Firs...
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Many fish and invertebrate species inhabiting watercourses migrate within these watercourses at certain stages of their life cycle. However, for hundreds of years humans have been building barriers and other structures in watercourses to satisfy their water-related needs that have increased due to industrialization and population growth. In additio...
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1.Foraging modes (ambush vs. active foraging) are often correlated with a suite of morphological, physiological, behavioral and ecological traits known as the adaptive syndrome or syndrome hypothesis. In snakes, an ecological correlate often reported in the literature is that ambush‐hunting snakes have a higher relative meal size compared to active...
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We provide a comparative population genetic study of the elusive amphibian, Proteus anguinus, by comparing the genetic diversity and divergence among 4 cave populations (96 individuals) sampled in the Dinaric Karst of Croatia. We developed 10 variable microsatellite markers using pyrosequencing and applied them to the 4 selected populations belongi...
Book
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The book has been published in two editions, Croatian and English. It is divided into two parts and an appendix which contains the latest research conducted on Proteus. The first part includes knowledge about the phenomenon of the Dinaric Karst and speleological, biospeleological and cave diving research, with the aim of introducing the reader to t...
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Visconti, P., Elias, V., Sousa Pinto, I., Fischer, M., Ali-Zade, V., Báldi, A., Brucet, S., Bukvareva, E., Byrne, K., Caplat, P., Feest, A., Guerra, C., Gozlan, R., Jelić, D., Kikvidze, Z., Lavrillier, A., Le Roux, X., Lipka, O., Petrík, P., Schatz, B., Smelansky, I. and Viard, F. (2018): Chapter 3: Status, trends and future dynamics of biodiversit...
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Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), as a specific region in the north western Balkan Peninsula, has a high level of genetic, species and ecosystem diversity primary due to the presence of different climatic zones that extend from north to south of the country (in cca 400 km). Multiple numbers of refugia and relict landscapes in this area enabled the surv...
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Even though that reproductive isolation of anurans is well developed, amphibians perform many “mistakes” during the mating period. Herein we present 65 cases of abnormal/unusual/wrong amplexi in European species of Anura collected mostly from the period 2005-2017. We generally divided the wrong amplexi into intraspecific or interspecific and furthe...
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The subspecies concept is not only useful to assess the evolutionary history of species and therefore describe their evolutionary potential, but it also has corollaries for defining conservation units and their management. Within Alpine salamanders, the subspecies status of Salamandra atra prenjensis, isolated in the Dinarides from its nominal subs...
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The European spadefoot toad (Pelobates fuscus) is a lowland, nocturnal, semi-fossorial and secretive anuran species with a narrow ecological niche. The southernmost border of its areal reaches the northern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H, in Posavina region) where the species is mostly restricted to agroecosystems located in the vicinity of aq...
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Numerous snake species worldwide are threatened due to human activity. Therefore, ecological information pertaining to snake assemblages needs to be periodically updated to document potential changes in species composition that can be used to develop effective conservation strategies. Here, we present recent data on the status of, and threats to, s...
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Numerous snake species worldwide are threatened due to human activity. Therefore, ecological information pertaining to snake assemblages needs to be periodically updated to document potential changes in species composition that can be used to develop effective conservation strategies. Here, we present recent data on the status of, and threats to,sn...
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With this paper the authors wanted to gather more information about the presence of reptilian and amphibian species in the area of lower Una River and its surroundings. For this purpose field surveys in the form of active searching in promising places was conducted on four separate occasions in 2009. Here we present the list of 10 amphibian species...
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First evidence of existing viable population of Ablepharus kitaibelii is reported for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Population was reconfirmed in the location published as single literature record after full 37 years. We caught 13 individuals that were morphologically measured and examined. We give description of the specific habitat and list possible th...
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Species composition of Eurasian water frogs, genus Pelophylax, in Lake Skadar (Montenegro) was analysed using mitochondrial (mtDNA) and nuclear (nuDNA) markers. Specimens were characterised at first using mtDNA sequences of NADH dehydrogenase subunit 3 (ND3) gene. Based on their mitochondrial genomes, 49 specimens were determined as Pelophylax kurt...
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The most western population of the Snake-eyed Skink, discovered recently on Papuk Mountain and Ilok area in Croatia, has never been studied before. Here we examined the morphology and age structure, reproduction, and prevalence of injuries in both populations. We examined 191 individuals in total; 163 adults and 28 juveniles. Morphological analysi...
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The Eurasian minnows of the genus Phoxinus are small cyprinid species, widely distributed across Europe and Asia. Currently, there are at least 15 species in Phoxinus, with preliminary data suggesting more to be described. Despite the discernible increase in research integrating molecular phylogenetic approaches with traditional taxonomy and system...
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Pelophylax esculentus is a vertebrate animal with hemiclonal heredity, attracting the interest of many reproductive and evolutionary biologists. It is a hybrid between P. ridibundus and P. lessonae. These three taxa form the so-called Pelophylax esculentus complex with a population structure usually comprising a hybrid taxa and one parental species...
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Karst Viper is a relict species that lives on alpine meadows, and its endemic to the Balkan Peninsula. The precise distribution of this viper is still not precisely defined in Montenegro. The regional scientists have been researching this species for over a decade, the whole distribution area of this taxon is spread over the mountainous regions of...
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Distribution data on many freshwater fish species in Croatia are scarce and species identifications are difficult, requiring further detailed studies. This paper presents a report of the Italian gudgeon Romanogobio benacensis from the Mirna River in the Istra Peninsula in Croatia, in the south-east from its previously known distribution range. The...
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The distribution data of Alburnus sava and Telestes souffia has been updated in Croatia in comparison to the previously known data. Alburnus sava is much more widespread in the Sava drainage and also occurs in the River Sava near the town of Županja, rivers Drina and Bosna. Telestes souffia has a much more restricted range in Croatia than previousl...
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Krška polja su u prirodnom stanju bila potpuno zatvorena, pa su tvorila prirodne akumulacije dulje ili kraće zadržavajući vodu, ovisno o hidrološkim prilikama i veličinama ponora. Zbog različitih tektonskih, petrografskih i drugih utjecaja, većina krških polja je propusna, pa se voda ne zadržava dugo na površini, nego odlazi dublje u podzemlje. Pod...
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Karst Viper lives exclusively on alpine meadows and barren land. It is a relict species, while the subspecies macrops is endemic to the Balkan Peninsula. The precise distribution of this vulnerable European viper is still not precisely defined in Montenegro, although throughout the region scientists have been researching and protecting this species...
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The olm (Proteus anguinus) is a troglomorphic, neotenous amphibian with extraordinary life expectancy and unique adaptations that deserve further investigation. A low reproductive rate and habitat decline render it threatened by extinction. Establishing captive populations for maintenance and artificial breeding may one day become crucial to the sp...
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Blood flow within the dorsal aorta of Proteus anguinus. Adjacent to the gall bladder, blood flow is shown within the dorsal aorta, located between liver (a section of the gall bladder is visible at the right side of the image) and vertebral column. Compared to the liver, the content of this large vessel with apparently slowly moving content present...
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Ultrasonographic measurements of Proteus anguinus organs. (DOCX)
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Beating heart of Proteus anguinus. Blood flow appears orderly without major turbulences during each heartbeat. Images were acquired in color Doppler-mode at 12 MHz. (ZIP)
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Alburnus sava, new species, is described from the Kolpa River. The Kolpa is a tributary of the Sava, a major tributary of the Danube River, in the Black Sea basin. Alburnus sava is distinguished from its congeners in the Danube drainage, A. mento and A. sarmaticus, by having 23−27, usually 24−26, gill rakers; the ventral keel usually completely cov...
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Invasive alien species (IAS) are a significant and growing problem worldwide. In Europe, some aspects of IAS have been addressed through existing legal instruments, but these are far from sufficient to tackle the problem in a comprehensive manner. The Top 20 IAS issues for Europe were determined at the 1st Freshwater Invasives - Networking for Stra...
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Based on known literature data and data collected during field research in 2014 and 2015, we present updated distribution map of the common spadefoot toad (Pelobates fuscus) in Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia). Pelobates fuscus is listed as least concern on the global IUCN Red List, data deficient in Croatian Red Book and the po...
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The olm (Proteus anguinus anguinus) is a neotenous salamander species with high life expectancy and low reproductive rate, classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. Little is known about olm health and reproduction in the wild. Using ultrasound, we assessed inner organs of wild olms. Data were compared to those obtained previously in 13 captive olms at...
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The fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) has been repeatedly noted to occur in natural and artificial subterranean systems. Despite the obvious connection of this species with underground shelters, the view on their level of dependence and importance to the species is still not fully understood. In this study, we carried out long-term monitoring...
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Telestes croaticus is a freshwater fish endemic in Croatia. It is a stygophile species, living above ground but occasionally retreating into subterranean waters. This species is found in the southwest region of Croatia, in the Lika-Jadova and Ričica drainages, in cold and clear waters in lowland habitats with little current, and in springs and asso...
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In surveillance of subterranean fauna, especially in the case of rare or elusive aquatic species, traditional techniques used for epigean species are often not feasible. We developed a non-invasive survey method based on environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect the presence of the red-listed cave-dwelling amphibian, Proteus anguinus, in the caves of the...
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Table including locality details and data analysed in this study. (XLSX)
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Sequences of cloned DNA fragments inserted into the plasmid sequence. (TIF)