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HORSÁK, Michal, Milan CHYTRÝ, Petra HÁJKOVÁ, Michal HÁJEK, Jiří DANIHELKA, Veronika HORSÁKOVÁ, Nikolai ERMAKOV, Dmitry A. GERMAN, Martin KOČÍ, Pavel LUSTYK, Jeffrey Clark NEKOLA, Zdenka PREISLEROVÁ and Milan VALACHOVIČ. European glacial relict snails and plants: environmental context of their modern refugial occurrence in southern Siberia. Boreas. 2015, vol. 44, No 4, p. 638-657. ISSN 0300-9483. Available from:
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Original name European glacial relict snails and plants: environmental context of their modern refugial occurrence in southern Siberia
Authors HORSÁK, Michal (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution), Milan CHYTRÝ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Petra HÁJKOVÁ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Michal HÁJEK (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Jiří DANIHELKA (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Veronika HORSÁKOVÁ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Nikolai ERMAKOV (643 Russian Federation), Dmitry A. GERMAN (643 Russian Federation), Martin KOČÍ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Pavel LUSTYK (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Jeffrey Clark NEKOLA (840 United States of America), Zdenka PREISLEROVÁ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution) and Milan VALACHOVIČ (703 Slovakia).
Edition Boreas, 2015, 0300-9483.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 10600 1.6 Biological sciences
Country of publisher United States of America
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
Impact factor Impact factor: 2.386
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14310/15:00081069
Organization unit Faculty of Science
UT WoS 000362769600002
Keywords in English Siberia; palaeoecology; glacial relicts; snails; plants; modern analogy
Tags AKR, rivok
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Petra Hájková, Ph.D., učo 44121. Changed: 16/2/2018 15:01.
Knowledge of present-day communities and ecosystems resembling those reconstructed from the fossil record can help improve our understanding of historical distribution patterns and species composition of past communities. Here, we use a unique data set of 570 plots explored for vascular plant and 315 for land-snail assemblages located along a 650-km-long transect running across a steep climatic gradient in the Russian Altai Mountains and their foothills in southern Siberia. We analysed climatic and habitat requirements of modern populations for eight land-snail and 16 vascular plant species that are considered characteristic of the full-glacial environment of central Europe based on (i) fossil evidence from loess deposits (snails) or (ii) refugial patterns of their modern distributions (plants). The analysis yielded consistent predictions of the full-glacial central European climate derived from both snail and plant populations. We found that the distribution of these 24 species was limited to the areas with mean annual temperature varying from _6.7 to 3.4 °C (median _2.5 °C) and with total annual precipitation varying from 137 to 593 mm (median 283 mm). In both groups there were species limited to areas with colder and drier macroclimates (e.g. snails Columella columella and Pupilla loessica, and plants Kobresia myosuroides and Krascheninnikovia ceratoides), whereas other species preferred areas with relatively warmer and/or moister macroclimates (e.g. snails Pupilla turcmenica and P. alpicola, and plants Artemisia laciniata and Carex capillaris). Analysis of climatic conditions also indicated that distributional shifts of the studied species during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition were closely related to their climatic tolerances. Our results suggest that the habitat requirements of southern Siberian populations can provide realistic insights into the reconstruction of Eurasian, especially central European, glacial environments.
GAP504/11/0454, research and development projectName: Změny biodiverzity na přechodu pleistocénu a holocénu: současné analogie v reliktních ekosystémech Sibiře
Investor: Czech Science Foundation
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