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Collects original reviews on all vertebrate and many key invertebrate animal groups in Bulgaria
Addresses faunistics, origin, geographical and ecological distribution, and conservation issues
First such monograph in English
This is the first monograph in English broadly addressing all vertebrate and many key invertebrate groups of Bulgaria, their faunistics, origin, geographical and ecological distribution, and conservation issues are addressed by the experts on each group.
The book includes 22 chapters by 28 authors, united by a single theme: biogeography and ecology. From the single-celled organisms in the Black Sea sand to the endemic cave crustaceans, from the mountain glacial relict insects to the most diverse bird fauna in Europe, the unique fauna of Bulgaria has been a subject of study of mostly Bulgarian zoologists for more than a century.
1. Introduction Alexi Popov and Victor Fet. 2. Terrestrial mammals of Bulgaria: zoogeographical and ecological patterns of distribution Vasil Popov. 2.1. Introduction 2.2. Material and Methods 2.3. Results 2.4. Discussion 3. Fauna, zoogeography, and ecology of birds in Bulgaria Zlatozar Boev, Boyan Milchev and Vasil Popov 3.1. Introduction 3.2. Material and Methods 3.3. Exploration of the Bulgarian Avifauna 3.4. Historical Formation of the Bulgarian Avifauna 3.5. Composition and Changes of the Recent Avifauna 3.6. Importance of the Bulgarian Territory for the Migration and Wintering of the European Birds 3.7. Important Bird Areas 3.8. Spatial Differentiation of the Recent Avifauna: Characteristic Bird Communities of the Main Landscapes (Ordination–Correspondence Analysis) 3.9. Classification of Avian Assemblages: Two-way Indicator Species Analysis 3.10. Zoogeographical Types 4. Amphibians and reptiles of Bulgaria: fauna, vertical distribution, zoogeography, and conservation. Boyan P. Petrov 4.1. Introduction 4.2. Brief History of the Herpetological Research in Bulgaria 4.3. Species Composition and Distribution 4.4. Altitudinal Distribution 4.5. Zoogeographical Analysis of the Herpetofauna of Bulgaria 4.6. Conservation of the Bulgarian Herpetofauna 5. Fauna and distribution of fishes in Bulgaria. Tihomir Stefanov 5.1. Introduction 5.2. Material and Methods 5.3. Discussion 5.4. Conclusions 6. Fauna and zoogeography of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial mollusks (Mollusca) in Bulgaria. ZdravkoHubenov 6.1. Introduction 6.2. Material and Methods 6.3. Black Sea Mollusks 6.4. Freshwater Mollusks 6.5. Terrestrial Mollusks 6.6. Mollusks in the Bulgarian Mountains 7. Fauna, ecology, and zoogeography of dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) in Bulgaria. Venelin Beschovski and Milen Marinov 7.1. Fauna 7.2. Ecology 7.3. Zoogeography 7.4. Distribution Patterns in Bulgaria 7.5. Phenology 7.6. Habitat Classification 8. Fauna and zoogeography of the orthopterid insects (Embioptera, Dermaptera, Mantodea, Blattodea, Isoptera, and Orthoptera) in Bulgaria. Alexi Popov 8.1. Introduction 8.2. Faunistic Diversity 8.3. Distribution of Species 8.4. Zoogeography 9. Biogeography of the endemic Carabidae (Coleoptera) in the Central and Eastern Balkan Peninsula. Borislav Guéorguiev 9.1. Introduction 9.2. Area Studied 9.3. Study Goals 9.4. Material and Methods 9.5. Principal Faunal Features 9.6. Descriptive Biogeography 9.7. Causal Biogeography 9.8. Regional Division Based on Taxonomic, Macrohabitat, and Biogeographical Structure of Endemic Balkan Carabidae 10. Fauna and zoogeography of jewel beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in Bulgaria. Vladimir Sakalian and Mario Langourov 10.1. Introduction 10.2. Methods 10.3. Zoogeographical Position and Connections of the Buprestid Fauna of Bulgaria 10.4. Zoogeographical Characteristics of the Bulgarian Buprestid Fauna 10.5. Regional Faunistic and Zoogeographical Characteristics 10.6. Trends in the Recent Formation of the Bulgarian Buprestid