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Yulia V. Bespalaya

Yulia V. Bespalaya
N. Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research, Russian Academy of Sciences · Institute of Biogeography and Genetic Resources

PhD (BioSc)

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November 2004 - present
Institute of Environmental Problems of the North, the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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In Europe, a total of 20 freshwater mussel species are currently considered valid, of which 13 (65%) are classified as threatened or near threatened on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of species. Given their precarious conservation status there is a pressing need to provide a roadmap for the conservation of th...
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Currently, the reproductive mode of the Indonesian endemic species Corbicula tobae from Lake Toba is yet to be investigated. In this study, we describe, for the first time, the reproductive mode of this endemic species based on a series of topotype specimens, combining anatomical and histological data. According to our data, C. tobae is a dioecious...
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In this correspondence, we show for the first time that mayflies, chironomids, and fishes can use the Corbicula clams as host for their larval development. These examples were collected within the native range of Corbicula in East and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, and South Korea). Supplementary information is available on figshare: https://doi.o...
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Красная книга Архангельской области. Архангельск: САФУ, 2020. 490 с.
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The Corbicula clam is one of the most successful invaders of aquatic ecosystems and has invaded all continents except Antarctica. The natural dispersion of Corbicula seems to be limited by low winter temperatures that fall below the lower lethal temperatures (0 to +2 °C). However, Corbicula can be found in colder regions, taking refuge in waters he...
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Knowledge of factors affecting the diversity of benthic invertebrates is very important for biodiversity conservation, for monitoring, restoring and maintaining aquatic ecosystems. The purpose of this study was to investigate how the diversity and distribution of freshwater mollusks related to environmental factors. Twelve species of freshwater mol...
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Since the end of the 19th century, the circumpolar fauna of freshwater Mollusca has not been reviewed despite the substantial increase of knowledge on this subject. A review of the freshwater mollusks of the Arctic based on an analysis of published data, own results and examination of museum collections is presented. 104 species of Mollusca have be...
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The freshwater leech family Salifidae Johansson has a Paleotropical range, with a hotspot of species richness in the Oriental Region, and a few species endemic to Africa, Madagascar, and Reunion. Barbronia gwalagwalensis Westergren & Siddall, 2004 was thought to be a characteristic example of the latter group being a lineage endemic to South Africa...
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Diverse associations of freshwater sponges with molluscs were recently described from the Xingu River, Amazon Basin. However, such associations in other parts of the world are almost unknown. Here, we report on the discovery of epifaunal associations of a freshwater sponge (Corvospongilla, Spongillidae) with a byssus-attaching clam (Limnoperna, Myt...
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Islands present a model system for addressing underlying ecological, evolutionary biology and biogeographical questions. This work presents the results of studies of 9 lakes on Bolshoy Solovetsky Island (the Solovetsky Archipelago, the White Sea, Northern Russia). The purpose of this study was to investigate how the diversity and distribution of...
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We studied the effect of environmental factors on the patterns of diversity and distribution of freshwater mollusks in the relict Vashutkiny Lakes System. Twenty-four species of freshwater mollusks were identified during a survey of the Vashutkiny Lakes System. The Vashutkiny Lakes are comparable to those in the north of the boreal zone in term...
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The biodiversity of freshwater fauna of the Arctic Islands of the Russian Federation is currently poorly studied and to date there are insufficient molecular genetic data concerning most of the taxa. This study presents the new data on species composition and distribution of freshwater benthic invertebrates in lakes of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago...
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We report the first molecular identification of Phyllodistomum macrocotyle (Digenea: Gorgoderidae) from the Northern Dvina River Basin, Northwest Russia. Comparative analysis of our sequence was 100% identical to the 28S and ITS2 rDNA sequences of the species P. macrocotyle in zebra mussels discovered in Poland (Wigry Lake), Lithuania (Elektrenai R...
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Freshwater pearl mussels (Bivalvia: Margaritiferidae) are among the most imperiled groups of animals globally. While the parasites and symbionts of the Margaritiferidae are rather poorly known, these mussels were thought to be free of parasitic mites (Acari: Unionicolidae: Unionicola). Here, we report on the discovery of a mite species being associ...
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The taxonomic position of three nominal species of lymnaeid snails placed by Kruglov & Starobogatov (1993) into the subgenus Lymnaea ( Pacifimyxas) Kruglov & Starobogatov, 1985, has been re-assessed based on a molecular genetic study of topotypic specimens and an examination of the type series and other materials a vailable. It has been shown that...
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Shallow lakes have a tendency to settle into turbid or clear-water states, the latter having lower concentrations of total phosphorus (TP). However, how P-cycling is affected by and perhaps contributes to maintaining the different states is not well understood, in part because quantifying the processes involved by traditional methods is difficult....
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Parasites and symbionts of freshwater mussels are poorly understood, although a diverse assemblage of mussel-associated leeches (Glossiphoniidae) was recently described. Here, we report on the discovery of a fish leech (Piscicolidae) in the mantle cavity of the freshwater mussel Cristaria plicata (Unionidae) in the Russian Far East. It is the first...
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The bivalve genus Galatea Bruguière, 1797 (Venerida: Donacidae) was thought to contain exclusively brackish-water clams, the ranges of which are confined to estuaries and lower tidal parts of large rivers in West Africa. This genus was therefore included to the global freshwater bivalve checklists (Bogan 2013; Graf 2013) as a largely estuarine grou...
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The information concerning the origin, biogeography and dispersal mechanisms of sphaeriid species in the Holarctic region is very limited. In this study, we report on the first occurrence of Euglesa globularis in the Magadan Oblast. According to our molecular data, 16S RNA sequences of E. globularis are represented by two haplotypes, one of which i...
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Geothermal springs are known to harbor unusual assemblages of dragonflies and damselflies worldwide. A review of original records and the body of available literature revealed that 27 Odonata species were recorded from hot springs in Russia so far and that the successful larval development in geothermal environments was discovered for 17 species. A...
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North Sumatra’s Lake Toba is a famous example of a supervolcano caldera, being the world’s deepest and largest crater lake. It has been originated since the massive Toba eruption of 74,000 years ago that coincides with global environmental shifts and a significant bottleneck in the global human population. While the freshwater fauna of this lake do...
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The Asian pond mussels (Sinanodonta spp.) are invasive species rapidly spreading throughout the world. In Russia, non-native populations of Sinanodonta woodiana and S. lauta were firstly discovered in an artificially heated section of the Yenisei River, Eastern Siberia. Here, we report that these mussels successfully colonized the downstream of the...
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In 2015–2017, the distribution of freshwater bivalve Dreissena polymorpha in the basin of the Northern Dvina River was studied. This study provides the first record of the populations of D. polymorpha in the Yuras, Lyavlya and Solombalka rivers. The density of the studied colonies of D. polymorpha was lower in comparison with populations in other p...
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Supplementary Figure 1. Habitats of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) in European Russia and Siberia • Supplementary Figure 2. Habitats of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) in the Russian Far East and Pacific Ocean islands • Supplementary Figure 3. Scatter plot of principal component analysis (PCA) based on the presence-absence dataset on freshwater mu...
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Freshwater mussels are ecosystem engineers and keystone species in aquatic environments. Unfortunately, due to dramatic declines this fauna is among the most threatened globally. Here, we clarify the taxonomy and biogeography of Russian Unionidae species based on the most comprehensive multi-locus dataset sampled to date. We revise the distribution...
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In 2015-2017, the distribution of the freshwater bivalve Dreissena polymorpha was studied in the basin of the Northern Dvina River. This study provides the first record of the populations of D. polymorpha in the Yuras, Lyavlya, and Solombalka rivers. The density of the studied colonies of D. polymorpha was lower in comparison with populations in ot...
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Here, we present an integrative review of the non-native Sinanodonta spp. from Kazakhstan based on molecular and morphological data. Sinanodonta woodiana (Lea, 1834) inhabits the Syr Darya River, while two species, S. woodiana and S. lauta (Martens, 1877), have established viable populations in the Ili River basin, a tributary of the Balkhash Lake....
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The reproductive features of the pea clam Pisidium casertanum in relict lakes of Bolshezemelskaya Tundra were studied. The P. casertanum population in the Vashutkiny Lakes of Bolshezemelskaya Tundra has a single period of summer reproduction. We suppose that the release of embryos mainly occurs between July and August and the breeding season could...
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SUPPLEMENTARY FIGURES: Supplementary Figure 1. IQ-TREE maximum likelihood phylogeny of the Hirudinea (four partitions: three codons of COI + 18S rRNA). Supplementary Figure 2. Bayesian phylogeny of the Hirudinea (four partitions: three codons of COI + 18S rRNA). Supplementary Figure 3. Two-locus fossil-calibrated phylogeny of the Hirudinea calcu...
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Supplementary Dataset 1. Samples of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) collected in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and East Africa and their infestation by mussel-associated leeches
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Supplementary Dataset 2. List of COI sequences of the Glossiphoniidae used in the Poisson Tree Process (PTP) species delimitation modeling (Supplementary Fig. 4). New sequences generated in this study are in bold.
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Freshwater mussels (Unionida) are one of the most imperiled animal groups worldwide, revealing the fastest rates of extinction. Habitat degradation, river pollution and climate change are the primary causes of global decline. However, biological threats for freshwater mussels are still poorly known. Here, we describe a diverse ecological group of l...
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The infection of D. polymorpha with sporocysts of P. macrocotyle in the Northern Dvina River Basin, Northern Russia has been detected for the first time and represents the northern most record of the host-specific parasite. The average shell length of infected zebra mussels was 26.0 mm. As is typical for the parasite, prevalence of infection was lo...
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We studied freshwater molluscan communities and the reproduction of the pea clam Pisidium casertanum in three types of Arctic lakes. The lakes differed in limnological features, both within and across lake type; although the composition of molluscan assemblages were similar, abundances varied considerably. Whereas the abundance of P. casertanum was...
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Freshwater mussels are declining globally, and effective conservation requires prioritizing research and actions to identify and mitigate threats impacting mussel species. Conservation priorities vary widely, ranging from preventing imminent extinction to maintaining abundant populations. Here, we develop a portfolio of priority research topics for...
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Associations of various invertebrate species with bryozoans and sponges are a well-known marine phenomenon but such epizooic communities are far less diverse in freshwater environments. Here an occurrence of numerous leeches Alboglossiphonia cf. papillosa (Braun, 1805), in interstitial spaces between zooids of a colony of the freshwater bryozoan sp...
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The molluscan fauna of the Syoyakha (Zelenaya) River remain poorly explored even though the Syoyakha is one of the biggest rivers on the Yamal Peninsula. The Syoyakha River is remarkable for its high fish stocking capacity and it plays an important role in the seasonal distribution and migration of commercial fish species. Freshwater mollusks are k...
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Increases in human activity and climate change are factors that are expected to augment the number and impact of alien species in the northern regions. In the present paper, we report the discovery of a population of Asian Corbicula clams in the North of Russia near the Arctic frontier (64°N, 40°E), which is the most northern record of these invade...
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The radicine pond snails represent a species-rich and widely distributed group, many species of which are key vectors of human and animal trematodoses. Here we clarify the taxonomy, distribution and evolutionary biogeography of the radicine lymnaeids in the Old World based on the most comprehensive multi-locus molecular dataset sampled to date. We...
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We provide an overview of the recent revisions of freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritiferidae) of European Russia, East Siberia and Russian Far East. Four species of pearl mussels inhabit the territory of Russia. There are the European pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) from rivers of the western part of the country, M. dahurica from the cat...
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The effects of climate change on oligotrophic rivers and their communities are almost unknown, albeit these ecosystems are the primary habitat of the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel and its host fishes, salmonids. The distribution and abundance of pearl mussels have drastically decreased throughout Europe over the last century, partic...
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This study provides the first record of the two distinct mitochondrial lineages of Sinanodonta mussels in the Yenisei River that forms the largest Siberian river basin. It is the first discovery of alien populations of these mussels in Russia. The two mussel lineages are living in sympatry in a river site heated by warm water discharge of the Krasn...
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In this study, we re-examine two species of freshwater gastropods of the genus Radix Montfort, 1810 (family Lymnaeidae), endemic to the geothermal springs in the Lake Baikal region in the southern part of eastern Siberia — Lymnaea (Radix) hakusyensis Kruglov et Starobogatov, 1989, and Lymnaea (Radix) thermobaicalica Kruglov et Starobogatov, 1989. T...
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The mussel leech Batracobdella kasmiana (Oka, 1910) (Hirudinida: Glossiphoniidae) inhabits the mantle cavity of large freshwater mussels. This specific lifestyle is unusual in leeches. The known localities of B. kasmiana are situated in Japan (Honshu), continental China and Taiwan. The majority of records were reported from continental China. It ha...