Volume 16 (2023)


For this edition we have prepared the biographies of the curators, preparators and associates-volunteers whose knowledge, experience, great commitment and enthusiasm have made an exceptional contribution in the first decades of the 20th century, not only to the establishment of the initial collections and the development of certain scientific disciplines, but also to the reputation of the Natural History Museum as one of the leading scientific, cultural and educational institutions in Serbia. This contribution also completes the first thematic unit on the history of the Museum, started in 2020 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of its foundation.

Key words: the first curators, preparators and collaborators, the Natural History Museum

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In the riparian area of the Sava River near Belgrade in the southern part of the Pannonian basin, Pleistocene fluvial deposits have a significant distribution and thickness which varies from 10 to 40 meters. These sediments are almost universally overlain by younger Pleistocene loess sediments or Holocene alluvial deposits, while they are underlain by sediments of Pliocene-Pleistocene age. Pleistocene deposits of similar characteristics form high and middle erosional-accumulative terraces of the South Morava valley system. Beneath the Pleistocene fluvial deposits are pre-Quaternary deposits of different compositions and ages. Although there are significant height differences between the alluvial Pleistocene deposits in the area of the Sava River near Belgrade compared to the high terraces of the Morava River, created as a result of opposite tectonic movements in the northern  and southern parts of Serbia. Moreover, the terraces of the Južna Morava were formed in the mountainous areas, while the Sava river sediments near Belgrade are in the lowland area. They cannot be successfully correlated on the basis of their lithofacies and paleontological characteristics. The morpho¬stratigraphical correlation would be useful to be applied first on the relation terraces of the Zapadna and Južna Morava, the results would be correlated with the terraces of Velika Morava, while the Velika Morava terraces can be correlated with the Sava sediments near Belgrade.

Key words: Pleistocene, stratigraphy, alluvial deposits, Sava River, Belgrade, Morava terraces

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Niketić, M., Tomović, G., Vukojičić, S., Kuzmanović, N., Veljković, M., Ranimirović, M., Stojanović, J., Jušković, M., Đurović, S., Anačkov, G., Mišljenović, T., Jakovljević, K., Stevanović, V.
Material on the annotated checklist of vascular flora of Serbia. Nomenclatural, taxonomic and floristic notes V

In this paper we suggest three new nomenclatural combinations and specify one new synonym. There are six taxa (species and subspecies) of the vascular plants that are new for the flora of Serbia, and three species that have been confirmed for the flora of our country. Five plant taxa are a novelty for proper Serbia, Vojvodina, or Kosovo and Metohija, of which four are autochthonous and one is an allochthonous and invasive plant. There are twelve taxa whose presence in Serbia or in its territorial units has been refuted. the name V. ×foliosa Čelak., which was proposed in the previous issue of this scientific journal, has been corrected to the currently accepted Viola ×kerneri Wiesb.

Key words: vascular flora, checklist, nomenclature, taxonomy, Serbia

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Kuzmanović, N., Lakušić, D., Kabaš, E., Lazarević, P., Stevanoski, I., Vukojičić, S.
New data on the distribution of Adenophora liliifolia (L.) A. DC. (Campanulaceae) in Serbia

Due to habitat loss or changes in management, populations of Adenophora liliifolia (L.) A. DC. in Europe are increasingly endangered. Therefore, this plant has the status of an endangered or extremely endangered species in most European countries. It is defined as a “target species” or a “species of European concern” whose conservation requires designation of special areas of conservation. A. liliifolia is a rare plant species on the Balkan Peninsula, found only in the Western Balkans: in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and Serbia. In Serbia, it is believed to have disappeared from its western region, specifically in the Derventa canyon and Grlac on Mount Tara. However, it is in good condition at its only known site in the Ibar river gorge in southwestern Serbia. During the revision of the herbarium material in the BEOU herbarium, a specimen of Adenophora liliifolia was discovered. It was collected in the Lim gorge near Gostun. Field research conducted in that area revealed a population of this species in an atypical habitat, next to the main road to Montenegro, in the vicinity of Brodarevo. The search for new sites of this internationally important species in the Lim Gorge, from Gostun and Brodarevo, and further to Ustibar, will continue in the coming period.

Key words: Adenophora liliifolia, Balkan Peninsula, endangered species, new record

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This article presents the fourth part of data on selected new and noteworthy taxa originating from the revision of Herbarium collection of the Institute for Nature Conservation of the Vojvodina province (PZZP). Selected taxa include 13 species, two subspecies, 1 variety and two nothospecies placed within 11 genera (Malus Mill., Marrubium L., Marsilea L., Medicago L., Melampyrum L., Melica L., Melilotus Mill., Menyanthes L., Pholiurus Trin., Plantago L. and Ranunculus L.). One species (Malus dasyphylla) is new for a flora of Vojvodina province. Also, one subspecies (Melica ciliata subsp. magnolii) and one variety (Melampyrum nemorosum var. heterotrichum) are confirmed for Serbia while one species (Menyanthes trifoliata) is confirmed for Vojvodina province.

Key words: botanical collections, flora, chorology, Serbia

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Collections of Heteroptera at the Natural History Museum in Belgrade include four species of genus Stygnocoris: S. cimbricus, S. fuligineus, S. rusticus and S. sabulosus. S. cimbricus is a new species in Serbian fauna. This paper combines all records of genus Stygnocoris in Serbia and presents data for 46 specimens within 22 recording sets.

Key words: Stygnocoris, S. cimbricus, Lygaeidae, Serbia

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In this paper, we present the distribution of the Balkan endemic and vulnerable water frog Pelophylax shqipericus in Montenegro based on our field work and literature data. The dataset includes 129 records, 47% of which have not been published before. The new data contribute significantly to a better understanding of the distribution of Pelophylax shqipericus in the Skadar Lake basin and to the delimitation of the northern margin of the species’ range in the Bjelopavlići Plain. The data presented provide important basic information for the study of spatial patterns and conservation measures for this range-restricted species.

Key words: Amphibians, Albanian water frog, South-eastern Montenegro, Balkan Peninsula

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In this paper, we present the recapitulation of the research of amphibian and reptile fauna in the Smederevo municipality. For Serbia, three amphibian species were for the first time detected in Smederevo – (Triturus dobrogicus, Pelobates balcanicus and Pelophylax lessonae). In the literature, occurrence of Vipera berus was also mentioned. Since Smederevo is an important industrial centre, many amphibian and reptile habitats were lost due to urbanization, degradation and pollution, and surface waters were especially affected. Habitat degradation probably led to the local extinction of population of the Adder. Still, increased field effort and inclusion of citizen science led to the first discoveries of Pelobates fuscus and Coronella austriaca in Smederevo, and re-confirmation of the historical entries of Salamandra salamandra and Triturus dobrogicus. The remaining species were mapped to a greater extent, and some species which were previously known from only a few records (Lissotriton vulgaris, Emys orbicularis and Zamenis longissimus) are now mapped in much wider area. The presence of human introduced reptile species such as Trachemys scripta ssp., Mediodactylus kotschyi and Pogona vitticeps is also recorded, with Kotschyi’s gecko probably being naturalized. Future research should focus on re-confirmation of the remaining historical records (Pelobates balcanicus) and identifying more habitats of the rare and vulnerable species and protecting them.

Key words: Amphibia, Reptilia, fauna, introduction

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Diversity of amphibians and reptiles, as well as threat factors were investigated during last decade in the wide area of the Vrmac hill. Field methodology included active searching and visual observation of species along defined transects. In total, 29 species were recorded, what comprises about 54% of amphibian and reptile fauna known for Montenegro. Main threat factors for amphibians and reptiles in the area of Vrmac hill are: urbanization, habitat fragmentation and destruction, fires, illegal landfills, waste waters, direct killing by locals and road killing.

Key words: amphibians, reptiles, threat factors, coast, Montenegro

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In memoriam

Zlatković, B., Niketić, M.
Prof. Dr. Novica Ranđelović (1937–2023)

Zlatković, B., Niketić, M.
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Ranđelović (1965–2023)