Species distribution modeling of the Caspian whipsnake Dolichophis caspius (Squamata: Serpentes): a tool for ranking conservation priorities in the Western Pontic steppe

  • Vladimir Tytar Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine, 15, vul. B. Khmel’nytskogo, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
  • Oksana Nekrasova Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine, 15, vul. B. Khmel’nytskogo, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine


A prediction (Maxent) has been made of the potential distribution of the Caspian whipsnake (Dolichophis caspius) within the Western Pontic steppe (exemplified by Ukraine and the Crimea) for conservation purposes. Ranking has been accomplished of conservation priorities amongst administrative units in the area with the view of alerting local government officials and nature conservation practitoners on the species and tracking consequences of climate change. Refs 21. Figs 1. Tables 2.


Dolichophis caspius, Serpentes, Western Pontic steppe, species distribution modeling, nature conservation, ranking conservation priorities


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Tytar, V., & Nekrasova, O. (2016). Species distribution modeling of the Caspian whipsnake <em>Dolichophis caspius</em&gt; (Squamata: Serpentes): a tool for ranking conservation priorities in the Western Pontic steppe. Biological Communications, (3), 144–149. https://doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu03.2016.324
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