Magda Sindičić

Magda Sindičić
University of Zagreb · Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (VEF)

PhD DVM

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Reintroductions may produce populations that suffer from decreasing genetic diversity due to isolation, genetic drift and inbreeding if not assisted by careful management. To assess the genetic outcomes of reintroductions in large carnivores, we used the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) as a case study, which was the subject of several reintroduction atte...
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Quantification of animal phenotypic traits could allow objective description of individuals and their morphology, reducing bias caused by human subjectivity, skill and experience. The goal of our study was to research a quantitative approach to analyzing the four types of coat patterns recognized in endangered Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in Croatia a...
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Carnivores tend to exhibit a lack of (or less pronounced) genetic structure at continental scales in both a geographic and temporal sense and this can confound the identification of post‐glacial colonization patterns in this group. In this study we used genome‐wide data (using Genotyping‐by‐Sequencing (GBS)) to reconstruct the phylogeographic histo...
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Scientific data on distribution and abundance of endangered species are the foundation for their effective conservation and management. In this paper, we present results of the first scientifically – based estimation of lynx population size in Croatia. The goal of the study was to determine the area of lynx distribution and to estimate the minimum...
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Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx was reintroduced to the Dinaric Mountains in 1973 to bring back an extinct autochthonous keystone species, but also to enrich the hunting grounds. The institutions involved in the reintroduction were aware of the danger of genetic isolation and warned about the importance of connectivity between the lynx populations in the D...
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The project Status and Conservation of the Alpine Lynx Population SCALP is an ongoing programme aiming to coordinate the Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx monitoring, conservation and management activities in the Alps, but the monitoring approach has recently been expanded to the neighbouring Dinaric and Jura Mountains. The long-term goal of the SCALP is to...
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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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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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Tapeworms of the genus Mesocestoides (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea: Mesocestoididae) are still enigmatic to scientists, due to their high morphological variability, low host specificity, and unknown details of their life cycle. They are found worldwide, with carnivorous mammals as the main definitive hosts, and the disease is potentially zoonotic. After...
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The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) may cause persistent, lifelong and lethal infections in domestic and wild felids worldwide. FIV has been confirmed in most Felidae species, while FeLV infection is rare among non-domestic cats. The view that retroviruses are pathogenic in domestic cats but not in other free-ra...
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This project report describes the current progress of the reinforcement of the lynx population in the Dinaric Mountains and Southeastern (SE) Alps as part of the LIFE Lynx project (LIFE16 NAT/SI/000634). It represents the results of the first comprehensive transboundary lynx survey in this region, covering the lynx population distribution in Sloven...
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Alveolarna ehinokokoza opasna je parazitarna zoonoza prouzročena larvalnim stadijem trakavice Echinococcus multilocularis. Prenosi se tipično u silvatičnom ciklusu, koji uključuje, prije svega, lisicu kao nositelja i kao posrednike različite vrste glodavaca. Ljudi kao posrednici u stvarnosti predstavljaju slijepu ulicu, no parazit u ljudi može prou...
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Carnivores tend to exhibit a lack of (or less pronounced) genetic structure at continental scales in both a geographic and temporal sense using various mitochondrial DNA markers on modern and/or ancient specimens. This tends to confound the identification of refugial areas and post-glacial colonization patterns in this group. In this study we used...
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During the early 1900s, Northern chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) populations in the northern Dinaric Mountains were extirpated. During the 1960s and 1970s there were several reintroductions of individuals from two Northern chamois subspecies (Alpine chamois, R. r. rupicapra and Balkan chamois, R. r. balcanica) from neighbouring areas in the attempt t...
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The fat dormouse (Glis glis L.) is a small arboreal rodent from the family of Gliridae. The species is autochthonous in Croatia and traditionally trapped for meat consumption, use of fat in traditional medicine and for fur. The only previous research of its parasites in Croatia, used animals from Alpine Gorski Kotar area and identified nematode Par...
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Genus Setaria , Viborg 1795, comprises 46 species that parasitize in the peritoneal cavity of Artiodactyla, Perissodactyla and Hyracoidea. The majority of these infections pass unnoticed, but occasionally they can induce severe peritonitis or neurological signs in aberrant hosts and, rarely, even in humans. In this paper we describe for the first t...
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Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) was extirpated from the Northern Dinaric Mountains and South-Eastern Alps in the beginning of 20th century. However, in 1973 foresters and hunters in Slovenia reintroduced six (some of them closely-related) lynx from Slovakia to the Northern Dinaric Mountains. The reintroduction was initially successful and the population...
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Brazil, home to one of the planet’s last great forests, is currently in trade negotiations with its second largest trading partner, the European Union (EU). We urge the EU to seize this critical opportunity to ensure that Brazil protects human rights and the environment. Brazil’s forests, wetlands, and savannas are crucial to a great diversity of I...
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Alveolar echinococcosis, caused by the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis , is one of the world’s most dangerous zoonosis and an emerging disease with growing incidence in humans. The disease has been reported in new areas and host species in the last two decades, and the primary hosts of the parasite – red fox, golden jackal and grey wolf – are...
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Targeted capture coupled with high throughput sequencing can be used to gain information about nuclear sequence variation at hundreds to thousands of loci. Divergent reference capture makes use of molecular data of one species to enrich target loci in other (related) species. This is particularly valuable for non‐model organisms, for which often no...
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Reproductive control is regularly implemented in bear facilities to prevent crowding of enclosures and surplus animals. Ovariectomy may represent an efficient method of sterilizing bears yet has not been reported in the literature. A 73 kg female brown bear, age two years and three months, was anesthetized for ovariectomy with tiletamin and zolazep...
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Reports on the parasitic fauna of wildcats (Felis silvestris silvestris) are rare and often based on a small sample size, therefore the goal of this research was to investigate the prevalence of endoparasites in wildcats in Croatia. Necropsy was conducted on 34 adult wildcats killed in traffic or provided by hunters following regular hunting operat...
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Hybridization capture coupled with high-throughput sequencing can be used to gain information about nuclear sequence variation at hundreds to thousands of loci. A cross-species approach makes use of molecular data of one species to enrich target loci in other (related) species. This is particularly valuable for non-model organisms, for which often...
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Golden jackal (Canis aureus L.) is a wild member of the family Canidae and an autochthonous game species of Southeast and Central Europe. In Croatia, it inhabits both Mediterranean and continental habitats, with constant population increases. This study analysed jackal faeces collected near the town of Trpanj (Pelješac Peninsula), where feed of ant...
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Paramphistomosis, caused by paramphistomid flukes, is a gastrointestinal parasitic disease of domestic and wild ruminants. Originally thought to be limited to the tropics and subtropics, the disease has recently been reported in temperate regions. Here we describe the concurrent infection of a red deer doe ( Cervus elaphus ) with Paramphistomum ley...
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The combination of intensive persecution, habitat loss and prey deficiency led to the extinction of Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in the Dinaric Mountains at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1973, the population was re-established by reintroducing animals from the Slovakian Carpathian Mountains into Slovenia, from where the animals spread into Cro...
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First case of Cysticercus longicollis, larval stage of Taenia crassiceps, was diagnosed in a wild adult male red fox (Vulpes vulpes). The fox was killed by dogs at Nature Park Medvednica and presented to the University of Zagreb Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with history of being unable to run away and having skin lesions on legs that resembled to...
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The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a highly adaptable omnivorous mammal distributed across all continents on the northern hemisphere. Although the red fox is present throughout Europe, where it plays an important ecological and socio-economic role not only as a game species but also as a rabies reservoir, few studies have examined its population-level...
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Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) reintroduction to the Dinaric Mountains is considered one of the most successful reintroductions of a large predator. Six reintroduced animals founded the population, which rapidly expanded from Slovenia, through Croatia, and all the way to Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, a decrease of the population size has been observe...
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Detecting the hybridization between species is important for evolutionary studies of speciation processes, conservation biology and management, but we still lack a general empirical perspective of hybridization problems in canids. Hybridization may occur between many species of the canid family, sometimes threatening the survival of endangered spec...
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Numerous reports of hybridization between wild Canis species and domestic dog suggest that hybridization between golden jackal and dog is likely. Here we present an assay of a Y chromosome marker for discriminating between golden jackal (Canis aureus) and dog (Canis lupus familiaris) paternal ancestry. Taking advantage of an insertion found in a do...
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Populacija risa, Lynx lynx (Linnaeus, 1758), u Hrvatskoj dio je Dinarske populacije risa, a potječe od tri ženke i tri mužjaka risa koji su 1973. reintroducirani u Sloveniju iz Slovačke. Smatra se da je od reintrodukcije do sredine 80-tih godina prošlog stoljeća populacija risa u Hrvatskoj rasla, a godišnje kvote za odstrel odobravale su se sve do...
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Genetically identifi ed kinship relationships enable us valuable insight into wild animal pedigrees, which are almost impossible to reconstruct by direct observations. Data on pedigrees are of fundamental importance for analysis of reproductive success, inbreeding, selection and gene fl ow. Dinaric Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) includes animals from Sl...
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The Posavina and Croatian Coldblood are Croatian autochthonous horse breeds with interwoven breeding histories for which studbooks have only recently been established. The Lipizzan breed has the oldest formalized breeding and no record of recent genetic introgression from other breeds in Croatia. We analyzed the genetic structure, interbreeding, an...
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Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice, which has been used for the past 200 years but, until now, scientific methods have not proven its effectiveness. The use of highly diluted natural substances based on the principal that similar heals similar is contrary to the scientific theories of the conventional medicine. In veterinary medicine ho...
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Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region (CR) of numerous species is known to include up to five different repetitive sequences (RS1-RS5) that are found at various locations, involving motifs of different length and extensive length heteroplasmy. Two repetitive sequences (RS2 and RS3) on opposite sides of mtDNA central conserved region have been de...
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Historical samples, like tanned hides and trophy skulls, can be extremely important for genetic studies of endangered or elusive species. Selection of a sampling protocol that is likely to provide sufficient amount and quality of DNA with a minimum damage to the original specimen is often critical for a success of the study. We investigated microsa...
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To determine the general health status of the main prey species of wolf (Canis lupus) and lynx (Lynx lynx), we examined 66 cervids (41 red deer -Cervus elaphus and 25 roe deer -Capreolus capreolus), shot in two hunting areas of Gorski kotar during the hunting season in 2007. We collected a total of 687 organ samples of shot deer, where 472 samples...
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Over a period of five years (2005–2010) a total of 358 red fox (Vulpes vulpes) serum samples were collected during regular hunting procedures, mostly in the continental part of Croatia. All samples were tested using the microscopic agglutination test (MAT) for the presence of specific antibodies (Ab) to 12 Leptospira spp. pathogenic serovars. Speci...
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A total of 27 skulls of stone martens (Martes foina Erx., 1777) from the Mediterranean island hab- itat were examined for dental abnormalities. Irregular arrangement of lower incisors was observed in 7 individuals (25.9%). The P 1 was absent bilaterally in 6 (22%) and unilaterally in 5 individuals (18.5%). In contrast, the P 1 was absent only unila...
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Dogs worldwide share a single genetic origin from Asian wolves. While dog and wolf lineages are difficult to separate in terms of nuclear genes, mitochondrial lineages are clearly distinguishable for the two species, offering a good opportunity to evaluate the differences between them. Species identification from DNA is an important tool for wolf c...
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Over a period of five years (2005–2010) a total of 358 red fox (Vulpes vulpes) serum samples were collected during regular hunting procedures, mostly in the continental part of Croatia. All samples were tested using the microscopic agglutination test (MAT) for the presence of specific antibodies (Ab) to 12 Leptospira spp. pathogenic serovars. Speci...
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Očuvanje izvornih pasmina tema je koja svakodnevno dobiva na važnosti. Hrvatska ima po očuvanosti prirodnih potencijala, biološke i krajobrazne raznolikosti uključujući izvorne pasmine domaćih životinja sve preduvjete da joj upravo to bogatstvo bude jedan od temelja daljnjeg razvitka i napretka. Stoga je cilj ove Zelene knjige široj javnosti predst...
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One of the most important elements of a modern brown bear management is human – bear conflict. Economic losses are one of the key factors influencing negative public attitudes towards brown bears. In Croatia a population of 1000 bears has almost reached its biological and social capacity. Brown bear in Croatia is a game species, protected by a clos...
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During the last 50 years significant fluctuations in golden jackal (Canis aureus) population size and distribution was noted in Eastern and Central Europe. First records of jackals in Croatia date from 15th century, but scientific data about their distribution was not systematically collected. In order to determine the current state and provide bas...
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Declines of grey wolf (Canis lupus L.) populations in Europe began some 250 yr ago, eventually leading to the almost-complete eradication of wolves from Western Europe. As a consequence, the majority of the remaining populations today exhibit unique haplotypes. A population in the Dinaric Mountains survived the eradication, and represents the close...
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Primorsko-Goranska County in around 1903. Lynx dispersed back to Croatia after six animals were reintroduced to Slovenia from Slovakia in 1973. Today, lynx are under legislative protection in Croatia and its population is defined as highly endangered. Cranial morphometry was used to analyse a sample of 58 skulls obtained from animals of the reintro...
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Over a period of five years (2002-2007) a total of 351 wild boar (Sus scrofa) serum samples were collected during regular hunting procedures. All samples were tested by microscopic agglutination test (MAT) for the presence of specific antibodies (AB) to 12 Leptospira spp. serovars. At different sera dilutions (ranging from 100 to 3200) 112 samples...
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Reproductive control is regularly implemented in bear facilities to prevent crowding of enclosures and surplus animals. Ovariectomy may represent an efficient method of sterilizing bears yet has not been reported in the literature. A 73 kg female brown bear, age two years and three months, was anesthetized for ovariectomy with tiletamin and zolazep...
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Serum samples from 52 free-ranging brown bears (Ursus arctos) collected in Croatia over a period of 10 yr (1998-2007) were tested by microscopic agglutination test for specific antibodies (Ab) to 12 Leptospira spp. pathogenic serovars. At titers ranging from 1:100 to 1:2,000, 19 samples (36.5%) were Abpositive to at least one serovar. Antibodies fo...
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Over a period of five years (2002-2007) a total of 351 wild boar (Sus scrofa) serum samples were collected during regular hunting procedures. All samples were tested by microscopic agglutination test (MAT) for the presence of specific antibodies (AB) to 12 Leptospira spp. serovars. At different sera dilutions (ranging from 100 to 3200) 112 samples...
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The last specimens of the autochthonous Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in Croatia were exterminated in Primorsko-Goranska County in around 1903. Lynx dispersed back to Croatia after six animals were reintroduced to Slovenia from Slovakia in 1973. Today, lynx are under legislative protection in Croatia and its population is defined as highly endangered....