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Ivanov, Vladisalav; Prishepchik, Oleg; Setrakova, Ekaterina 2017 Dolomedes plantarius (Araneae, Pisauridae) in Belarus : records, distribution and implications for conservation. Arachnologische Mitteilungen / Arachnology Letters 54: 33-37.

Dolomedes plantarius (Araneae, Pisauridae) in Belarus : records, distribution and implications for conservation

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Author: Ivanov, Vladisalav1; Prishepchik, Oleg2; Setrakova, Ekaterina2
Organizations: 1P.O. Box 8000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
227 Akademicheskaya Street, Minsk BY-220072, Republic of Belarus
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Language: English
Published: Arachnologische Gesellschaft, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-11-03


Dolomedes plantarius (Clerck, 1757) is becoming another iconic species within European conservation programmes. It is commonly accepted that the densest populations of this species are situated in Western Europe and many records confirm this. At the same time Eastern European populations are often not taken into account when assessing future dynamics of species distribution due to climate change. Here we provide data about D. plantarius in Belarus, which includes both an extensive literature survey and our own records in different parts of the country. The evidence provided suggest that Belarus is currently a large refugium for the fen raft spider, which was found during the last 30 years practically everywhere where specialists were interested in its study. We suggest that involvement of international research teams in studies of D. plantarius in Belarus will ensure the most efficient population management in Europe.

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Series: Arachnologische Mitteilungen
ISSN: 1018-4171
ISSN-E: 2199-7233
ISSN-L: 1018-4171
Volume: 2017
Issue: 54
Pages: 33 - 37
DOI: 10.5431/aramit5407
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: We sincerely thank Jury Hihiniak and Vital Łukin for providing specimens, Oleg Borodin for logistics help, Eric Duffey for providing literature, Marko Mutanen for advice and criticism of an early version of the manuscript and Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for financial support (Project number 13256173).
Copyright information: © 2017 The Authors. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.