Alexander Yu. Ivanov, Teacher of Department of zoology and ecology, Penza State University (440026, Russia, Penza, Krasnaya street, 40); e-mail:
Alexander B. Ruchin, Dr. Sc., Associate Professor, Director of the Joint Directorate of the Mordovia State Nature Reserve and National Park «Smolny» (430011, Russia, Republic of Mordovia, Saransk, Dachnyi Lane, 4); e-mail:
Alexander I. Fayzulin, PhD, Head of the Laboratory of population ecology, Institute of Ecology of the Volga River Basin of RAS (445003, Russia, Samara Region, Togliatti, Komzina Street, 10); e-mail:
Igor V. Chikhlyaev, PhD, Senior Researcher of the Laboratory of Population Ecology, Institute of Ecology of the Volga River Basin of RAS (445003, Russia, Samara Region, Togliatti, Komzina street, 10); e-mail:
Spartak N. Litvinchuk, PhD, Senior Researcher of the Group of genome microevolution and cytoecology, Institute of Cytology of RAS (194064, Russia, St. Petersburg, Tikhoretsky Pr., 4); Senior Teacher of Department of Zoology and Physiology, Dagestan State University, (Gadzhiyev str. 43-a, Makhachkala, Dagestan, 3367000, Russia); e-mail:
Alexander A. Kirillov, PhD, Senior Researcher of the Institute of Ecology of the Volga River Basin of RAS (445003, Russia, Samara Region, Togliatti, Komzina Street, 10); e-mail:
Anton O. Svinin, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Department of biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology, Mari State University (424000, Russia, Mari El Republic, Yoshkar-Ola, Lenin Sq. 1); e-mail:
Oleg A. Ermakov, PhD, Assistant Professor of Department of zoology and ecology, Penza State University (440026, Russia, Penza, Krasnaya street, 40); e-mail:

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Ivanov A.Yu., Ruchin A.B., Fayzulin A.I., Chikhlyaev I.V., Litvinchuk S.N., Kirillov A.A., Svinin A.O., Ermakov O.A. 2019. The first record of natural transfer of mitochondrial DNA from Pelophylax cf. bedriagae into P. lessonae (Amphibia, Anura). Nature Conservation Research 4(2): 125–128.

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The unidirectional natural transfer of mitochondrial (mt) DNA from Pelophylax lessonae into P. ridibundus is a common phenomenon in central Europe. Cases of mtDNA exchange between P. lessonae and other non-clonal species of the genus Pelophylax have been unknown so far. In this paper, we describe the first case of mtDNA transfer from P. cf. bedriagae into P. lessonae, which was found in National Park «Smolny», Republic of Mordovia, Russia.


European water frogs, hybridisation, hybridogenesis, interspecies introgression

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Received: 28.03.2019. Revised: 19.04.2019. Accepted: 28.04.2019.

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