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Neustroeva N.S., Vershinin V.L. SKELETAL DEVIATIONS OF FINGERLINGS OF TAILLESS AMPHIBIAN IN AN URBANIZINGUsing the method of illumination of the soft tissues the authors studied a sample of fingerlings of three species of tailless amphibian (Rana ridibunda, R. arvalis, R. temporaria) from populations living in urban and suburban areas of big industrial center — the city of Yekaterinburg, on the subject of deviant skeletal forms. It was established range, frequency and differences due to species affiliation and degree of anthropogenic transformation of the environment. It is shown that the most informative, well reflecting the gradient of anthropogenic transformation of the environment was kind of moor frog, which has high plasticity and variability of the adaptive strategy.Key words: deviation of the skeleton, amphibian genus Rana, urbanization.


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Authors: Neustroeva N.S., Vershinin V.L.

Year: 2011

Sergey Aleksandrovich

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