Distribution of Kotschy`s Gecko Mediodactylus kotschyi (Steindachner, 1870) (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in South-West Bulgaria

Alexander Pulev*, Lyuben Domozetski, Lidia Sakelarieva

South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography, Ecology and Environmental Protection, 66 "Ivan Mihailov" Str., 2700 Blagoevgrad, BULGARIA
* Corresponding author: spu@abv.bg
 

Abstract. The current paper presents the contemporary distribution of Mediodactylus kotschyi in south-west part of Bulgaria. The valleys of Struma River (to the south of the city of Blagoevgrad), and Mesta River (to the south of the town of Gotse Delchev), as well as the sides of the surrounding mountains up to the altitude of 650 m have been surveyed for the presence of the species. A great number of new localities (55) have been registered, and most of them (48) are situated in anthropogenized habitats. For the first time the subspecies Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni has been found in natural (4 localities) and seminatural habitats (3 localities). The presence of Kotschy`s Gecko in the city of Blagoevgrad - the northern frontier of its range in the Struma River valley, has been confirmed. The highest locality of Kotschy`s Gecko, known till now all over Bulgaria, has been registered (the village of Lyubovka, 606 m above sea level).  

Key words: Mediodactylus kotschyi, distribution, Struma River valley, Mesta River valley, Bulgaria.

Ecologia Balkanica, 2014, vol. 6, Issue 2, pp. 75-81

Article № eb.14119, ICID: 1140470 [Full text - PDF]pdf

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