Miloš A Popović

Miloš A Popović
University of Niš | NIS · Department of Biology and Ecology

PhD in Biology

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Introduction
We are developing Biologer, an open source database for collecting biodiversity data. Along with this, I am working on collecting data on Lepidoptera species for upcoming Natura 2000 network. ...and there are a few ecological niche modelling studies, work on population ecology of butterflies, rethinking the Red List of Serbian butterflies etc.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
University of Niš
Position
  • Research Associate
March 2016 - September 2018
University of Niš
Position
  • Research Assistant
October 2012 - July 2017
University of Kragujevac
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
October 2012 - July 2017
University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science and Mathematics
Field of study
  • Ecology, Biogeography, Population ecology, Conservation biology

Publications

Publications (77)
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Although the behaviour of the Large Blue butterflies of the genus Phengaris (= Maculinea) is relatively well studied, most empirical data come from investigations of their dispersal and oviposition. Here, we assessed overall intersexual differences in resource use by tracking Phengaris teleius (Bergsträsser, 1779) individuals and recording the dura...
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Described in the 1950s, Balkan Endemic Nephropathy (BEN) has been recognized as a chronic kidney disease (CKD) with clinical peculiarities and multiple etiological factors. Environmental contaminants – aromatic compounds, mycotoxins and phytotoxins like aristolochic acids (AAs) – polluting food and drinking water sources, were incriminated in BEN,...
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1. Drainage canals are widespread components of agricultural landscapes. Although canals have greatly contributed to biodiversity loss by desiccating wetlands, they have recently attracted conservation attention due to their potential to function as refugia for native species in intensively managed landscapes. However, their conservation role in co...
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Efectos del gradiente de altitud y la orientación en la diversidad de mariposas de la montaña Galičica, en la República de Macedonia (Europa sudoriental) Los patrones de diversidad de mariposas y los cambios en las comunidades en relación con la altitud son un tema interesante y bien estudiado en ecología, pero los efectos de la orientación se han...
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This book presents 67 species of dragonflies that have been recorded on the territory of Serbia. We wish to introduce this insect group to the young biologists and nature enthusiasts and to provide simple guide for their distinction in nature. For each species there is a short description, providing characters that distinguish them from the similar...
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We have developed a new platform named "Biologer" intended for recording species observations in the field (but also from literature resources and collections). The platform is created as user-friendly, open source, multilingual software that is compatible with Darwin Core standard and accompanied by a simple Android application. It is made from th...
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Drainage canals are ubiquitous components of agricultural landscapes worldwide. Although canals have greatly contributed to biodiversity loss by desiccating wetlands, they have recently attracted conservation attention due to their potential to function as refugia for native wetland-dependent species in intensively managed landscapes. However, thei...
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The Red-eared slider (Trachemis scripta elegans) is among the world’s most invasive species, and recently its related subspecies (T. s. scripta and T. s. troostii) were also being introduced in Europe. Herein, we present data on introduction of the Red-eared slider and its related subspecies in Serbia, gathered during more than ten years. The numbe...
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This study presents an overview of localities where the alien pond slider Trachemys scripta (Thunberg in Schoepff, 1792) (Emydidiae) and its subspecies, T. s. elegans (Wied-Neuwied, 1839), T. s. scripta (Thunberg in Schoepff, 1792) and T. s. troostii (Holbrook, 1836), has been introduced in Serbia and shows indication of its possible reproduction i...
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The Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) is among the conservation priorities in the European Union. Consequently, it is included in Annexes II and IV of the EU Habitats Directive, Annex II of the Bern Convention, and Annex II of the CITES Convention. Hermann’s tortoise conservation programs compile insight on the threats affecting population viab...
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Red Lists are very valuable tools in nature conservation at global, continental and (sub-) national scales. In an attempt to prioritise conservation actions for European butterflies, we compiled a database with species lists and Red Lists of all European countries, including the Macaronesian archipelagos (Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands). In tot...
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Citizen science in Serbia left much to be desired, especially considering generally attractive and fascinating group-reptiles. This urged forming of Biologer, a database for collecting field observations about species distribution, which includes web site and mobile phone application. Basic functionality of the software was ready for use on late Ma...
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U Srbiji je Colias caucasica dugo bio poznat samo sa Kopaonika i tek je nedavno zabeležen na drugim planinskim masivima u zapadnom i jugoistočnom delu Srbije.1 Polovina poznatih lokacija je nađena 2016. godine na planinama koje okružuju Vlasinsku visoravan. Iste godine sprovedena je pilot studija markiranja i ponovnog ulova na Čemerniku, na površin...
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Over the last several decades, many technological advances in information technologies and database management have made it easier for biologists to collect, handle and analyse large quantities of data. In parallel, advances in networking and the advent of ever powerful smartphones and tablets have made it possible to access that data via the inter...
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Abstract Book regarding Rufford Small Grant Conference held in Serbia, 2018 titled "Explore and protect the natural beauty of Balkans".
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One of the most interesting but elusive members of the European herpetofauna is the meadow lizard (Darevskia praticola). It is a small, ground dwelling, predominantly forest living lacertid, for which many ecological and biological data are still missing. Moreover, at least for the western part of the species range (south-eastern Europe) its distri...
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With studies spanning almost two centuries, butterflies are one of the best known insect groups in Serbia. However, there are still several inconsistencies regarding the number and selection of species included in national checklists published in the last decades. In order to overcome the confusing situation we provide a taxonomically up-to-date ch...
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Despite of decades-long work of Serbian herpetologists, basic knowledge about some reptile species left much to be desired. Good examples are the Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni) and the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis). Although both species enjoy high levels of protection by both national and international legislative, their spatial d...
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Collecting data on butterflies in Serbia started in the middle of 19 th century, followed by a more systematic studies at the beginning of the next century. The first digital database on butterfly observations from the field started in 2005 involving more people in butterfly studies, creating a solid base of about 80,000 field observations up to 20...
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The work on entomological collection of the Municipal Museum of Subotica started at the end of the 19h century, although the collected material from this period was not preserved. Renewal of the entomological collection started in the last 17 years and butterflies collected in the wider area of Subotica are clearly standing out of the collected mat...
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Although the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis) attracts considerable conservation efforts across its distribution range, in Serbia, it is understudied and assessed as Data Deficient at the national level. We surveyed approximately 10% of the territory of Serbia and noted turtles at 76 separate 10 × 10 km MGRS squares, 43 of which were noted f...
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European Pond Turtles (Emys orbicularis) and their habitats have been receiving great attention of conservationists across Europe. In Serbia, this species is considered strictly protected, although its national Red List status was assessed as Data Deficient (Krizmanić & Džukić 2015). Population studies were initiated only recently, with the financi...
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Tokom poslednjih nekoliko decenija način prikupljanja podataka za potrebe faunističkih istraživanja se promenio prateći razvoj računarskih sistema i baza podataka. Podaci se sada prikupljaju u vidu objedinjenih baza koje su lako dostupne na internetu (npr. GBIF, Observado, Natulalist), dok se istovremeno u prikupljanje podataka uključuje sve veći b...
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Fauna of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) has been studied from 2013. to 2016. on the locality of Delijski Vis (near the city of Niš, 43°17'34'' N, 21°56'02'' E, altitude 341 ). Field research was conducted during all four seasons and faunistic lists were made. 30 species were found on this site, which represent 46.15% of Serbian Odonata fau...
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Екологија је прешла дугачак развојни пут, од примене у различитим гранама при­вреде, до проучавања свеукупних односа у живом свету. Коришћење еколошких, био­географских, генетичких, таксономских и еволуционо-биолошких знања у решавању про­блема изумирања савремених врста довело је, пре педесетак година, до формирања засеб­не биолошке дисциплине наз...
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Due to their complex and interesting life cycle and alarming conservation status the Large Blue butterflies have become one of the most studied group of insects in Europe. In Serbia, however, Phengaris teleius has recently been discovered (in the far north of the country) and, since this initial finding, significant efforts have been made to map th...
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Rigid shell of turtles restricts their mobility, although magnitude of these restrictions is not completely understood. Surprisingly, we witnessed a European Pond Turtle climbing a vertical obstacle in the field.
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Anthocharis damone Boisduval, 1836 is known from southern Italy, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Albania and further in the Middle East. At the end of May and beginning of June 2015 it was recorded for the first time in Serbia. A single isolated colony was found 170 km NW from the northernmost known locality in Europe. This record made us review A....
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For the great majority of insect species population data are limited and Red Lists usually meet only the IUCN criterion B related to changes in distribution. Using this criterion with field records from Alciphron database and R statistical software, we assessed the National Red List status for 191 butterfly species of Serbia. 70,031 field records f...
Book
This publication on butterflies is a concise overview of faunistic research performed in Vlasina region. Much to our surprise, big number of species was recorded, quite a lot of them being threatened or protected at national or European level. That imposes a need to conserve such wealth of butterflies and promote it within borders of protected area...
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Bradyporus dasypus (IllIger, 1800) is known to inhabit the eastern parts of the Balkan Peninsula but the knowledge on its distribution is largely based on old literature. In Serbia, we could not confrm this cricket from localities reported during the previous centuries. It probably demises here, limiting the range to only a few recent populations i...
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Data from four surveys within the last six years were combined in order to improve the knowledge of the butterfly distribution in the Republic of Macedonia. These surveys covered a total of 40 localities, with special emphasis on less sampled areas of the southwestern part of the country. The study yielded recording of 131 species, including severa...
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The scarce large blue butterfly (Phengaris teleius) is Vulnerable in Europe and Near Threatened globally. Although one of the key species for conservation in European Union, it was discovered only in 2012 for Serbia. Here I overview the distribution, habitat requirement and population ecology of the species and present preliminary results on its lo...
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Owning to its threat status and interesting life cycle Phengaris teleius is recognised as priority species for conservation. It was discovered in Serbia only in 2012, and in 2014 its populations were studied using mark-recapture design. Four persons were involved in the study over the large area in northern Serbia. The aim was to compare population...
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Serbian fauna is generally understudied, and this is especially true for insects. We tried to overcome this problem by 1) conducting several scientific researches to target the most threatened species and 2) promoting the studies of butterfly fauna. A lot of effort was made in mapping the distribution of threatened species, such as Boloria eunomia...
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Background: Due to its interesting life cycle, vulnerability and conservation importance, the butterfly Phengaris teleius is one of the most studied insects in Europe. It was discovered in Serbia only in 2012 and there were no data on its distribution from the south of Hungary. New information: Phengaris teleius was recorded for the first time i...
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During a field trip to SE Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 a small population of Polyommatus aroaniensis was dis­covered south of the town of Gacko. This is the north-west­ernmost locality for this species, far from its con­ti­guo­us range in Greece, Bulgaria and southern Macedonia. In sub­sequent years additional studies provided evidence for an ext...
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Butterfly fauna of the Ovčar–Kablar Gorge is studied by HabiProt society from 2010 to 2015. This publication aims to show a detailed overview of all gathered data. Summary: Butterfly fauna of the Ovčar–Kablar Gorge is studied from 2010 to 2015. During this period, 95 species are recorded, with majority of them threatened in Serbia and 15 strictly...
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Na osnovu vaţećeg zakona Srbije, monitoring stanja u zaštićenim podruĉjima jedna je od obaveza upravljaĉa, ali ujedno predstavlja i obavezu naše drţave nakon pristupanja Evropskoj Uniji. Od 2011. godine zapoĉet je monitoring populacija Lycaena helle ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) i Boloria eunomia (Esper, 1799) praćenjem prisustva vrsta na adekva...
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Although the Vlasina plateau has proved to be an interesting area hosting diverse and unique flora and fauna, its butterflies have not been thoroughly studied. Consolidating several known records and our field observations, a total of 101 butterfly species were listed for this region. The area hosts a number of important species to be conserved und...
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Albanian insect fauna is one of the least studied in Europe. In 2012 and 2013 surveys were undertaken with the aim of improving the knowledge of the distribution of butterflies, particularly in the southern part of the country. This research has resulted in publicating three new species records for Albania. Here we add two new species to the list o...
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Albanian insect fauna is one of the least studied in Europe. In 2012 and 2013 surveys were undertaken with the aim of improving the knowledge of the distribution of butterflies, particularly in the southern part of the country. This research has resulted in publicating three new species records for Alba-nia. Here we add two new species to the lis...
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Pyrgus cinarae (Rambur, 1839) is currently known from eastern Spain, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. At the end of June and beginning of July 2014 it was recorded in Serbia for the first time, expanding its known area of distribution in the Balkan Peninsula northwards. These records point out that southern Serbia may inclu...
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The Brown's Grayling (Pseudochazara amymone) is one of the most enigmatic and sought after species among European butterflies. Hiding its exact distribution for almost 40 years with the idea of protecting it, resulted in an increasing collector's interest, with market prices reaching up to 1000 euro for a single female after its discovery in Albani...
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This paper presents the first finding of Lycaena helle ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) in the Balkan Peninsula on Balkan (Stara Planina) Mts. The butterfly was discovered in the bordering region between Serbia and Bulgaria. European distribution of this boreo-montane species is confined to northern parts of the continent with isolated colonies in...
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The paper provides an overview on the distribution of recently discovered Scarce Large Blue (Phengaris (Maculinea) teleius) in northern Serbia (Selevenj Sands, Ludaš Lake and Su- botica Sands). Mapping of the butterfly and its habitat has shown that most of the suitable habitats are limited to protected areas where at least some of the wet meadows...
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Until recently very little was known about the bio­logy and ecology of Brown’s Grayling (Pseudochazara amy­mone (Brown, 1976)). In order to shed more light on this elusive species we present a manuscript on the ha­bi­tat requirements of P. amymone along with a detailed de­scrip­tion of its preimaginal stages, and also provide help­ ful information...
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This book summarises the results of long-term study on butterflies of Stara Planina Mt. and shows 166 recorded species. Each one is presented through a short description, a map of distribution in the studied region and remarks related to ecology, threat and protection status. A comparison of fauna richness with several our mountain areas was made a...
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The Stara Planina Mts. region in Serbia has already been recognized as one of the most butterfly rich regions in Europe with good populations of several rare and threatened species. However, so far the southern part of Stara Planina has been poorly studied. We therefore focused our field surveys on that region visiting 22 sites over a period of sev...
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Na inicijativu Konzorcijuma prirodnjačkih ekoloških nevladinih organizacija u saradnji sa Istraţivačkom stanicom Petnicom a uz finansijsku podršku ambasade Kraljevine Holandije u Beogradu, pokrenut je prvi javni portal za kartiranje i monitoring biološke raznovrsnosti Srbije. Portal se nalazi na adresi http://www.bioras.petnica.rs i omogućava unos...
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The Republic of Albania has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. However, due to its political isolation, it has never been studied in great depth, and consequently, the existing list of butterfly species is outdated and in need of radical amendment. In addition to our personal data, we have studied the available literature, and can report a total...
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Using literature data and computer databases from the recent butterfly surveys, a total of 158 butterfly species from the Serbian side of the Stara Planina Mt have been analysed. Apart from being the mountain with the largest number of butterfly species in Serbia, it is also hosting the greatest number of threatened and protected species. A total o...
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Lycaena helle (Denis & Schiffermuller 1775) and Phengaris teleius (Bergstrasser 1779) are regarded as threatened species in Europe, and marked as one of the priority species for conservation. Since only recent discovery in Serbia the butterflies were completely omitted from the legislature, conservation plans and management activities of the protec...
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During our field survey in the south-eastern part of the Republic of Albania, we encountered the Greek clouded yellow (Colias aurorina) at two sites, representing the first record for the species in Europe outside Greece. It was found common at one site on the Albanian side of the Grammos Mts. with possibly continuous range into northern Greece. As...
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Butterfl y fauna of the Ovčar-Kablar Gorge was surveyed during 28 April-3 May and 10-13 August 2010. This paper presents the first list of butterfl y species within the researched area.
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The article presents the results of research of butterfly species at Ženeva pond near the river Nišava (SE Serbia). In all, the total of 45 species was recorded, representing 23% of Serbian butterfly fauna. Among species recorded, 4 are listed in Red data book of Serbian butterflies and are declared strictly protected in the country, while two are...
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During the lase few decades conservation biologists were focusing their attention on the model of metapopulations in order to get necessary data about specific endangered pecies and to plan their protection. During this study MRR was used on butterfly Melanargia galathea in order to estimate metapopulation organization inside the mosaic of agricult...
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The information about the observation of Anthocharis gruneri Herrich-Schäffer, 1851, a new species for the fauna of Serbia, is given and its distribution in the Balkan Peninsula is summarized. Some ecological references, the threat status and behaviour of the species are discussed.
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During the 2011 and 2012 breeding seasons, the Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius was recorded on seven occasions in the Pčinja River Valley, near St. Prohor Pčinjski Monastery (S Serbia, UTM EM78). Presence of this species was confirmed on six localities within the valley, with distance among them between 370 m and 4.2 km. A probable breeding t...
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In fi eld surveys through eastern Serbia in 2010, two new colonies of Kirinia climene (Esper, 1783) were found on Stara Planina Mt. and Svrljiške Planine Mts. These fi ndings, together with an unpu-blished record from the vicinity of Zaječar, represent valuable new data for the Serbian butterfl y fauna. The exact localities and habitat description...
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During the past few years Melitaea arduinna and Nymphalis vaualbum were recorded on several occasions in Serbia. These findings are important as both species reach western limit of their range in Serbia. M. arduinna was only recently added to the fauna of Serbia, while most of data for N. vaualbum are very old, suggesting its poss­ ible extinction...