Fauna and distribution of woodlice (Crustacea: Isopoda: Oniscidea) in the city of Gomel

A.M. Ostrovsky

 Gomel State Medical University, Republic of Belarus, Gomel, Lange St., 5

E-mail: Arti301989@mail.ru

DOI: 10.33075/2220-5861-2019-2-107-116

UDK 595.373.4


   This article presents the results of studying the fauna and distribution of woodlice in the city of Gomel (Republic of Belarus) based on the author’s own collections and observations from 2016 to 2018, which was carried out in various biotopes of the city and its immediate surroundings. In order to determine the population density of the species, the number of individuals of each species of woodlice was calculated per 1 m2 of the surface of the studied substrate type. In total, 7 species of woodlice were recorded in the city, two of which were recorded on the territory of the republic for the first time: Armadillidium vulgare (Armadillidiidae) and Hyloniscus riparius (Trichoniscidae). A significant part of the species diversity of woodlice is represented by synanthropic forms, and only one species of Trachelipus rathkii is relatively indifferent to the anthropogenic transformation of the landscape. On the example of the city of Gomel, a tendency of increasing the species diversity and the number of wood lice with the growth of anthropogenic transformation of the territory established earlier by other researchers was confirmed.

Keywords: Crustacea, Isopoda, Oniscidea, fauna, distribution, synanthropy, city of Gomel.

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