Winners and Losers: Cordulegaster Species under the Pressure of Climate Change

Judit Fekete, Geert De Knijf, Marco Dinis, Judit Padisák, Pál Boda, Edvárd Mizsei, Gábor Várbíró

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(1) Bioclimatic factors have a proven effect on species distributions in terrestrial, marine, or freshwater ecosystems. Because of anthropogenic effects, the changes in these variables are accelerated; thus, the knowledge of the impact has great importance from a conservation point of view. Two endemic dragonflies, the Balkan Goldenring (Cordulegaster heros) and the Two-Toothed Goldenring (C. bidentata), confined to the hilly and mountainous regions in Europe, are classified as “Near Threatened” according to the IUCN Red List. (2) Modeling the potential occurrence of both species under present and future climatic conditions provides a more accurate picture of the most suitable areas. The models were used to predict the responses of both species to 6 different climate scenarios for the year 2070. (3) We revealed which climatic and abiotic variables affect them the most and which areas are the most suitable for the species. We calculated how future climatic changes would affect the range of suitable areas for the two species. (4) According to our results, the suitable area for Cordulegaster bidentata and C. heros are strongly influenced by bioclimatic variables and showed an upward shift toward high elevations. The models predict a loss of suitable area in the case of C. bidentata and a large gain in the case of C. heros.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31-Mar-2023

Thematic List 2020

  • Water
  • Climate

Thematic list

  • Insects
  • Climate

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B280-animal-ecology

Taxonomic list

  • dragonflies (Odonata)


  • biodiversity policy

Geographic list

  • Europe


  • modelling

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