Research in the Regional Nature Park of the Komovi Mts.

Dinarolacerta montenegrina

In July 2016 we conducted field surveys in the mountains of the newly established Regional Nature Park “Komovi” and its immediate surroundings in order to determine the distribution and population characteristics of the Prokletije rock lizard. Two new sites of D. montenegrina were recorded. By applying previously established methods we collected data for analyses of abundance, activity patterns and habitat characteristics of this species. Unfortunately, in many places we recorded  the factors that may threaten this endemic species: improper waste disposal by the local population, removal of rocks and stones in fields during agricultural practices and for fencing purposes, as well as wide belts of whitebark pine (Pinus heldreichii) forests destroyed by fires, which according to the locals, are laid by mushroom gatherers.

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Fieldwork

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Fieldwork

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Field surveys

habitat

Habitat of the Prokletije rock lizard

Kom Vasojevicki

Vasojevićki Kom Mt.

Medjukomlje

Međukomlje

 

Dinarolacerta montenegrina

Dinarolacerta montenegrina

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Dinarolacerta montenegrina

waste

Waste disposal within the habitat of D. montenegrina

fencing

Removal of rocks and stones for fencing purposes

fire

Whitebark pine forest destroyed by fire