Contemporary Problems of Ecology

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Cyclicity of Long-Term Population Dynamics in Dragonflies of the Genus Sympetrum (Odonata, Anisoptera) in the Basin of Lake Chany

  • O. N. PopovaEmail author
  • A. Yu. Haritonov
  • L. N. Erdakov


This work is directed at continuous studies of cyclicity of long-term (1980–2010) population dynamics of odonates in the basin of Lake Chany (in the south of Western Siberia). Four sympatric species of the genus Sympetrum have been investigated by spectral analysis method. The cycle spectra of population dynamics have been constructed for each species; the basic parameters of these cycles (period, phase, and power) have been calculated. Special number cycles have been found for each species. Interspecies differences increased in the direction from high to low frequencies of the spectrum. In the cases of similar cycles, interspecies differences have been shown in the ratio of cycle powers and/or phases: identical phases can indicate the ability of species to increase their number synchronously with any of close species; different phases can indicate the possibility of a small-numbered species to reach its maximum number against the minimum number of numerous species. A comparison of sympatric species spectra of the genera Coenagrion and Sympetrum has led to the conclusion that, the more similarity there is in environmental standards among species inside a genus (as for Sympetrum), the more specific the species frequency spectra are. All species of the genus Sympetrum can synchronize their number fluctuations with 2- to 3 and 4- to 5-year fluctuations of the local climate. Also specific synchronization with important nature-climatic rhythms was found for each species: for S. danae, with an 18-year rhythm of the level of Lake Chany and with a 16-year rhythm of June temperatures; for S. flaveolum, with a 24-year Brickner cycle, with an 8-year cycle of rainfall, and with a 28-year cycle of April and May temperatures; for S. vulgatum, with a 40- to 42-year cycle of the level of Lake Chany, with 12-year cycle of rainfall, and with a 7-year cycle of April and June temperatures; and for S. sanguineum, with a 7-year cycle of April and June temperatures. Perhaps the adaptation mechanism of species to each other and to environments is enclosed in the cyclicity of long-term fluctuations of species number.


Odonata Sympetrum spp. long-term population dynamics population cycles spectral analysis Western Siberia Lake Chany basin Barabinsk forest steppe 


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  • O. N. Popova
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Yu. Haritonov
    • 1
  • L. N. Erdakov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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