Release:2017, Vol. 3. №4
About the authors:Elena A. Bykova, Cand. Sci. (Biol.), Field Coordinator, UNDP in Uzbekistan; email@example.com
This article describes the composition of faunistic complexes of amphibians, reptiles and mammals inhabiting the chink cliffs in East Ustyurt, North-West Uzbekistan. The chink is an intro-zonal area, which is rather long, yet it occupies a small area. The chink has excellent protective properties that attract many animals. The total list of the vertebrates includes 14 species of reptiles and 1 species of amphibians, two of which are included in the national Red Data Book (Elaphe quatuorlineata) and IUCN Red List (Agrionemys (Testudo) horsfieldi). The list of mammals includes 29 species. Three of them are listed in national Red Data Book: Hemiechinus hypomelas, Saiga tatarica, Gazella subgutturosa; and 16 of them are included in IUCN Red List: H. hypomelas, Crocidura suaveolens, Myotis mystacinus, Lepus tolai, Allactaga major, Al. severtzovi, Pygeretmus platyurus, Сricetulus migratоrius, Meriones tamariscinus, M. libycus, Vulpes corsac, Mustela eversmanii, Vormela peregusna, Meles leucurus, S. tatarica, G. subgutturosa. The saiga antelope and goitered gazelle are considered the most endangered species both nationally and globally. The Central Asian Tortoise, Steppe-Runner, Severtsov jerboa and Tamarisk Gerbil are regional endemics. The Eastern chink of Ustyurt Plateau requires efficient conservation meassures being a unique, rich in biodiversity, yet, extremely vulnerable area.