About this project

A citizen science project on mapping of Orthoptera in Slovakia

Data contributors

Distributional data on grasshoppers, crickets and bush-crickets in Slovakia are collected since 1994. Till now more than three thousands sites were mapped and more than 35 thousands datapoints were collected. Species distribution is presented in online maps of this webpage.

In mapping of species contributed 146 mappers; their names are in alphabetical order (the most active mappers are in bold):

A. Alena, M. Apfelová, N. Babicová, R. Babicová, Cs. Balázs, P. Baláž, M. Balla, M. Balog, O. Balvin, M. Barlog, T. Bánik, F. Bednár, M. Belko, D. Blanár, L. Boszorád, E. Bošnovičová, S. Böhm, I. Briestenská, M. Ceľuch, Ľ. Černecká, M. Danilák, Š. Danko, I. Danková, T. Danková, S. David, P. Demeš, L. Deutschová, M. Dorková, P. Drengubiak, M. Duchoň, A. Dunaj, A. Dúbravský, B. Endel, V. Fabriciusová, M. Filípek, T. Filo, P. Forgáč, V. Franc, R. Frendák, M. Fulín, I. Gajdács, P. Gajdoš, M. Galvánek, V. Gavlas†, I. Gracík, S. Greš, D. Gruľa, N. Guimaraes, J. Hajdu, M. Haluška, E. Hapl, S. Harvančík, M. Hepner, P. Hoffman, J. Holuša, M. Horváth, S. Hrad, Ľ. Hrinko, M. Hromada, E. Hrtan Jr., V. Hrúz, J. Chavko, M. Chlpan, E. I. Iorgu, I. Ş. Iorgu, M. Janák, V. Janský, B. Jarčuška, T. Jauschová, M. Jánoš, V. Ježovič, P. Kaňuch, A. Kaňuchová, T. Kizek, I. Kňaze, J. Kollár, O. Kořínek, U. Kovalyk, M. Kozánek, P. Krišovský, A. Krištín, B. Kršiak, I. Kubicová-Dolná, J. Kulfan, A. Kürthy, Z. Lackovičová, I. Lacuška, B. Lansfeld, R. Lassák, M. Lawson, Z. Lehká, J. Lengyel, A. Macková, P. Marhoul, V. Marušic, L. Matejková, J. Matulová-Valentovičová, J. Májsky, I. Mihál, P. Mikula, J. Mikuš, M. Mikuš, M. Mišík, I. Motlík, M. Nandrážiová, P. Nociar, S. Nuhlíčková, I. Ogurčák, V. Opatovský, F. Oravcová, K. Ox, M. Palík, Ľ. Panigaj, Š. Pčola†, M. Pleva, P. Potocký, M. Prievalský, P. Puchala, L. Racko, S. Rada, A. Revický, L. Ruman, M. Sádovský, M. Sárossy, M. Semelbauer, R. Schnürmacher, R. Siklienka, A. Skriňová, P. Slávik, A. Sliacka, S. Stašiov, J. Steinhübel, J. Stoklasa, J. Svetlík, K. Šotnár, E. Števková, T. Toma, P. Tuček, Ľ. Valach, D. Valachovič, M. Veľký, R. Vlk, M. Wiezik, P. Zach, J. Zavřel, M. Zemko.

All distribution maps created in this project are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

Diversity of species

Quality and status of environment, specific habitats and their changes may indicate several animal groups by their occurrence and abundance. Whereas the vertebrates (e.g. birds, mammals) indicate more large habitats on an area of several hectares and square kilometers, some insect groups can indicate the habitat quality on an area several square meters (e.g. wetlands and dry habitats). Many Orthoptera species and their assemblages are such habitat indicators.

Although in tropical regions of the world this insect group can sometimes make human life unpleasant, in central Europe they we use them to study how nature works and some species are also objects of our protection. In addition, the aesthetic dimension is undoubtedly associated with the grasshoppers and crickets. See for yourself on our website.

Altogether 129 Orthoptera species, belonging in 69 genera and 8 families were found in Slovakia. Within them the suborder Ensifera (bush-crickets and crickets) includes 59 species in 34 genera and 5 families and Caelifera (grasshoppers) includes 70 species in 35 genera and 3 families.


Research


Distribution

We analyse distribution patterns of Orthoptera species native to the Western Carpathians and north of the Pannonian lowland. Their occurrence and range limits, especially in species endemic to Slovakia is our main focus.

Ecology and behaviour

Demography, habitat selection and species communities are fundamental in our research. We also study mating behaviour of nuptial gift-giving bush-crickets as well as the phenotypic plasticity and genetic adaptation of species in variable environment.

Evolution

Spatial genetic patterns, species dispersal and the level of gene-flow among local populations is analysed according to the landscape configuration. We do also phylogeographic reconstructions in endangered species.