Misel Jelic

Misel Jelic
Varaždin City Museum · Department of Natural Sciences

PhD

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43 Research Items
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Additional affiliations
April 2019 - present
Varaždin City Museum
Position
  • Curator of zoological collections
September 2009 - February 2019
University of Zagreb
Position
  • Scientific novice
Education
September 2001 - June 2007
University of Zagreb
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (64)
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1. This study examines phylogeography and phylogeny of the threatened stone crayfish, Austropotamobius torrentium, in order to elucidate the role of the Dinaric Karst geology in shaping the evolutionary history and genetic diversity of aquatic fauna in the western Balkans. Mitochondrial 16S rRNA and COI genes were partially sequenced from 188 and 1...
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Traditional morphological diagnoses of taxonomic status remain widely used while an increasing number of studies shows that one morphospecies might hide cryptic diversity, i.e. lineages with unexpectedly high molecular divergence. This hidden diversity can reach even tens of lineages, i.e. hyper cryptic diversity. Even well-studied model-organisms...
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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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Ovo je promotivna knjiga o nekom Parku prirode koji (još) ne postoji. Postoji fizički okvir Parka, predviđeno područje koje obuhvaća četiri planinska masiva sjeverozapadne Hrvatske: Ivanščica, Strahinjščica, Maceljska gora i Ravna gora, te dio Varaždinsko-topličkog gorja. Temelji se na prethodno izrađenoj stručnoj podlozi. Tim ljudi, vizionara, pro...
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Eiseniella neapolitana is a semi-aquatic, diploid earthworm that for many years was related to the cosmopolitan species Eiseniella tetraedra and even considered a subspecies of it. Norealidys andaluciana was described in Spain and is usually synonymized with E. neapolitana. We collected 69 specimens from Italy, Spain, and Cyprus and studied five mo...
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Two species of crested newts Triturus sp. are present in Croatia, the Danube crested newt T. dobrogicus (Kiritzescu, 1903) and the Italian crested newt Triturus carnifex (Laurenti, 1768). The range of the species meets in central Croatia where they hybridize with each other, thus making morphological determination unreliable. Field research in 2020...
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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 genus Xerobdella contains three species of land leeches confined to the Palearctic region, one of which is X. anulata (Autrum, 1958), an exceptionally rare endemic of the Dinaric Alps. In the current study, we provide new data and a literature overview on this rarely encountered species, presenting its currently known distribution, providing ad...
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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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The Mediterranean area has a high but unevenly studied level of invertebrate diversity. Genetic-based methods, such as DNA barcoding and metabarcoding, are proposed for biodiversity assessment; however, their application is not always straightforward. The current state of data available in genetic databases limits species identification, especially...
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The newly described horned iguana Iguana insularis from the southern Lesser Antilles is separated in two easily recognized subspecies: I. insularis sanctaluciae from St. Lucia and I. insularis insularis from the Grenadines. Its former description is completed by the use of 38 new samples for genetic and morphological analysis. Seventeen microsatell...
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Background The noble crayfish ( Astacus astacus ) is a native European species in decline, with a contracting range and diminishing populations and abundance. Previous studies revealed this species significant genetic diversity in the south-eastern Europe, with populations from the western and the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula being the mos...
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The freshwater ecosystems in the Republic of North Macedonia are considered as biodiversity hotspot on the European level since they provide diverse habitats that correspond with the complex of ecological preferences that many species require. This specially applies to the freshwater crustaceans that, unfortunately, have never been in the focus of...
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Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) is used in assessing the effect of environmental stress on the development stability of individuals by measuring small random deviations from perfect bilateral symmetry. Here, we checked for FA on two predatory carabid beetles, Pterostichus melas and Poecilus koyi, in order to evaluate species response to agricultural pra...
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Background: Austropotamobius torrentium is a freshwater crayfish species native to central and south-eastern Europe, with an intricate evolutionary history and the highest genetic diversity recorded in the northern-central Dinarides (NCD). Its populations are facing declines, both in number and size across its entire range. By extanding current kno...
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Gammarus roeselii Gervais, 1835 is a morphospecies with a wide distribution range in Europe. The Balkan Peninsula is known as an area of pre-Pleistocene cryptic diversification within this taxon, resulting in at least 13 Molecular Operational Taxonomic Units (MOTUs). The morphospecies diversified there during Neogene and has probably invaded other...
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Alien aquatic macroinvertebrates, especially invasive crustaceans and molluscs, have heavily impacted native species and ecosystem processes in freshwaters worldwide. Knowledge on alien species distribution is necessary to understand their dispersal dynamics and prevent future invasions, and to predict and reduce undesirable impacts. Literature dat...
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The Lesser Antilles, in the Eastern Caribbean, is inhabited by three Iguana species: the Lesser Antillean iguana Iguana delicatissima, which is endemic to the northernmost islands of the Lesser Antilles, the introduced common iguana from South America, Iguana iguana iguana, represented also by the two newly described endemic subspecies Iguana iguan...
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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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Austropotamobius torrentium is one of four native European crayfish species inhabiting Croatian freshwaters. Existence of eight divergent monophyletic mtDNA phylogroups was described within A. torrentium ; six of them are distributed in Croatia, with the highest genetic diversity established in its northern-central Dinaric region. Recent small-scal...
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A type of management and the use of pesticides in arable land may negatively affect a range of soil biota and thus their food webs important for ecosystem functioning. By analysing trophic interactions we could reveal the extent of potential benefits that certain organisms can provide in biocontrol and maintaining healthy ecosystems. To evaluate th...
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Predatory arthropods, among them carabid beetles (fam. Carabidae), play a key role in regulating the plant eating invertebrates in different agroecosystems. Croatian part of Mediterranean is extremely reach in biodiversity, and poorly investigated. Especially, studies on impact of different agricultural practices and use of various pesticides on di...
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Neonicotinoids have been the most commonly used insecticides worldwide in the last two decades, whereas application of Copper (Cu) has a much longer history, especially in Mediterranean agriculture, (e.g. vineyards). Lately, large numbers of studies have shown negative effects of neonicotinoids on non-target species (especially on bees but also on...
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The Lesser Antilles, in the Eastern Caribbean, were long considered to have only two species in the genus Iguana Laurenti 1768: the Lesser Antillean iguana Iguana delicatissima, which is endemic to parts of the Lesser Antilles, and the Common green iguana Iguana iguana, which also occurs throughout Central and South America. No subspecies are curre...
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Olives and grapes are considered to be among the most significant crops common to the Mediterranean region. Even though they are well adapted to the Mediterranean type of climate, still the events such as invasive alien species, climate changes, etc. can significantly affect these ecosystems causing ecological and economic harms. Neonicotinoids, as...
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Understanding how changes in soil fauna diversity can affect ecosystem functions, with special concern on the trophic network interactions, is among key questions in ecology. Predatory arthropods that occupy higher trophic levels can be negatively affected by pesticides used in the field, directly or/and through reduction of prey. Our aim is to det...
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Abstract: The wide range of molecular methods, such as protein electrophoresis, ELISA, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), has been employed in trophic ecology analyses, in particular eating habits of useful predators and detection of parasitoids within the pest management programs. Furthermore, molecu...
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Olives and grapes are considered to be among the most significant crops common to the Mediterranean region. Even though they are well adapted to the Mediterranean type of climate, still the events such as invasive alien species, climate changes, etc. can significantly affect these ecosystems causing ecological and economic harms. Neonicotinoids, as...
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Maslinarstvo i vinogradarstvo tradicionalne su poljoprivredne kulture od gospodarskog značaja za mediteransku regiju. Obje vrste nasada (agroekosustava) dobro su prilagođeni mediteranskom tipu klime. Međutim, okolični čimbenici poput invazivnih stranih vrsta, klimatske promjene, primjena pesticida mogu ozbiljno utjecati na ove ekosustave i dovesti...
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Background: Modern molecular studies reveal the presence of very high levels of cryptic diversity and local endemism in many freshwater taxa. The current extinction rate of freshwater species is estimated to be at least 5× higher than that of terrestrial species, mostly due to heavy anthropogenic degradation of freshwater ecosystems. This leads to...
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Background: The factual diversity of European freshwater crustaceans is scarcely known. This is particularly surprising taking into account their wide applicability in biomonitoring as well as in eco-toxicological and phylogeographical studies. Crustacea, particularly Malacostraca, play a fundamental role in functioning of freshwater ecosystems, be...
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The Lesser Antilles, in the Eastern Caribbean, were long considered to have only two species in the genus Iguana Laurenti 1768: the Lesser Antillean iguana Iguana delicatissima, which is endemic to parts of the Lesser Antilles, and the common green iguana Iguana iguana, which also occurs throughout Central and South America. However, herpetologists...
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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 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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Analysis of Croatian freshwater crayfish populations, aiming to gather new distributional data and complement previous surveys (2005–2011), was performed during 2014–2016, within the frame of Natura 2000 Integration Project. The research included different waterbodies across the whole of Croatia, harbouring both indigenous and non-indigenous crayfi...
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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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(free access to the article, valid until April 30, 2017: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0075951116301438) The signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus (Dana, 1852) is a native species to North America. It was introduced to Europe and Japan where it rapidly spread as an invasive species. In Croatia, it is recorded in the rivers Mu...
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Species-specific differences in dynamics of agonistic interactions may influence the outcome of interspecific competition and potentially contribute to competitive advantage of one species over another. In this study, we compared the dynamics of agonistic interactions of one of the most successful crayfish invaders of European freshwater ecosystems...
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The Oomycete Aphanomyces astaci is an obligate crayfish parasite that co-evolved with American crayfish species, and they therefore generally live in a balanced relationship. On the contrary, European native crayfish are highly susceptible to A. astaci, and infestation with it causes development of the lethal disease termed crayfish plague. Until n...
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We studied the phylogeographic structuring of the edible dormice populations occupying the landbridge Adriatic islands which were isolated from the mainland after a transgression of glacial meltwater at about 10 kya. The edible dormouse is well nested into a system-wide biogeography of the archipelago, presumably the consequence of its in situ pers...
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Narrow-clawed crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus Eschscholtz, 1823 species-complex) is one of five European freshwater crayfish species. Even though widely distributed, it hasn’t been frequently studied and its taxonomy and systematics are unresolved. The results of a recent comparative morphometric character study revealed that morphometry of Asian a...
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Recent morphological and genetic studies on the genus Barbus in the Danube basin area (Kotlík et al. 2002) have led to division within the Barbus petenyi species complex and description of a new species, Barbus balcanicus. As a contribution to a better understanding of ecology of this newly described species, during 2007 authors studied the age str...
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A field research of ichthyofauna of the lower reaches of the River Drava near Donji Miholjac was made during 2006 using fishing nets and electrofisher. Additional data was collected from the local anglers to present all caught species in this area. Sampling was conducted on all types of water habitats including side arms, artificial channels, backw...
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Four indigenous European and two non-indigenous American freshwater crayfish species inhabit Croatian freshwater habitats. Generally, the noble crayfish (Astacus astacus), the narrow-clawed crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus) and the stone crayfish (Austropotamobius torrentium) are distributed in the water bodies of the Black Sea drainage while the wh...
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During the period between April and October 2006 we conducted extensive research on ichthyofauna of river Česma in order to extent the knowledge of the freshwater fish fauna of Bjelovar-Bilogora county (central Croatia). We confirmed the presence of 25 fish species sorted in 8 families. Most numerous family was Cyprinidae with 16 species and Percid...
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During an ichthyological study of the Ilova River, rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus) infected with Posthodiplostomum cuticola was observed for the first time in Croatia. Later, a more detailed study was made at the same sampling point and the distribution of P. cuticola in the fish species present was examined. The condition of the hosts and paras...
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During the research 28 species of freshwater fish were found, belonging to 10 families. Most numerous family was Cyprinidae (18 species), followed by Percidae (3 species) and Cobitidae (2 species). Results showed that the most abundant in species were spirlin (Alburnoides bipunctatus) (17.4%), common roach (Rutilus rutilus) (15.7%) and prussian car...
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Sažetak Sekcija za ribe, Udruge studenata biologije "BIUS", izvršila je u razdoblju od 22.-25.04.2005. godine preliminarna istraživanja ihtiofaune rijeke Ilove u centralnom dijelu Hrvatske. Na ovom istraživanju ulovljeno je ukupno 1173 jedinke, odnosno 16 vrsta riba. Najznačajniji nalaz ovog istraživanja, jest pronalazak jedne jedinke Leucaspius de...

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Goal: The main aims of this project were to study the distribution and dispersal dynamics of alien macroinvertebrates in Croatian freshwaters as well as biocontamination of large rivers and the effects of different types of habitat modifications (pollution, dams and reservoirs, changed hydromorphology) on the invasion process.
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Official website: http://gmv.hr/en/eow-2020/home/ We are pleased to announce the 1 Eurasian Otter Workhop that will be held from the 26th to the 29th of October 2020 in Varaždin City Museum in Croatia. This time we decided to expand the former European Otter Workshops to a new collaborative planning workshop involving all countries within the Eurasian otter range. The workshop is aimed to implement the Global Conservation Strategy for Lutra lutra recently released by the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group (Duplaix and Savage Eds, 2018). The Eurasian Otter is the widest ranging freshwater otter, occurring in about 56 countries with 11 subspecies. This complex framework makes it difficult to set any general statement or strategy, as priorities and successful conservation measures could only rely on a detailed knowledge of pressures, threats, regulation, conflicts, hunting pressure, and conservation status in each country. Thus the workshop is an important opportunity for researchers, experts, and wildlife managers to share experience and knowledge on the biology, ecology and conservation of the Eurasian otter across its range. It represents a unique opportunity to focus on current threats and pressures across countries and identify the priorities both in terms of areas and conservation measures. According to this, we will only consider papers/posters on specific topics that could help to implement the global conservation strategy. Specifically: - Quality actions - Define long-term project success control points - Monitoring criteria and new monitoring techniques - Biobanking (DNA data) - Mortality (roadkills, poaching) - Implementing country regulations - New threats (climate change, new chemicals) - Meet the green and red lists criteria - Data sharing and networking - Exploring new avenues of conservation - Ex situ conservation: zoos, studbook, otter TAG, reintroductions and rescue - Implementing the strategy, develop the planning process for Lutra lutra The workshop will also offer the opportunity to discuss appointments of OSG coordinators for specific objectives. Varaždin City Museum will be the beautiful frame of a most important periodic event for OSG. Like in the past EOW editions, the 1st Eurasian Otter Workshop will be opened by a plenary lecture held by a long standing and recognized Eurasian otter specialists.