August 17, 2007

‘Research on biological resources of Mongolia’

Volume 10 of “Erforschung Biologischer Ressourcen der Mongolei” (research on biological resources of Mongolia) has recently been published by the Institute for Biology of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. The main content of the 584-page bumper issue (mostly in English) are the Proceedings of the Asiatic Wild Ass Conference which was held in Hustai National Park in Mongolia in August 2005. The summary status for Khulan (Asiatic Wild Ass, Equus hemionus hemionus) in Mongolia is as follows:

- population 20,000 individuals (2003 census)

- off-take 3000-4000/year (net loss per year at least 10%)

- distribution range in Mongolia reduced by 50% in the last 70 years

Khulan, Mongolia. Photo © H. Mix

The section “Further reports on biodiversity research in Mongolia” contains three papers on birds:

- Stubbe et al. Biodiversity in space and time – towards a grid mapping for Mongolia (contains examples: Bearded Vulture and Short-toed Eagle distribution).

- A paper about the feathers of Mongolian Accipiter species (in German).

- A paper on the first records of Lesser Grey Shrike in Mongolia (see next post).

For order details contact Prof. M Stubbe: stubbe at

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