Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 52 (3), pp. 271–286, 2006

Title: Oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from Venezuela, II. New or rare species from montane forests

Author: S. Mahunka

Author's addresses: Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum
and Systematic Zoology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of the Eötvös Loránd University. H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13, Hungary. E-mail:

Abstract: A study on newly collected oribatids from Venezuela. Seven species are discussed, six are new to science. One new subgenus [Rostrozetes (Rostrozetella)] is established, belonging to the family Haplozetidae Grandjean, 1936. Redescription of Arcozetes bicuspidatus Hammer, 1958 is given. With 32 figures.

Key words: Acari: Oribatida, new taxa, redescription, Venezuela.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 52 (3), pp. 287–311, 2006

Title: Taxonomical and distributional notes on new and known Palaearctic platygastrid species (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae)

Author: Buhl, P. N.

Authors' addresses:Troldhøjvej 3 DK-3310 Ølsted, Denmark, E-mail:

Abstract: The following 12 species are described as new to science: Amblyaspis subcarinata sp. n. (North Korea), Inostemma bonessi sp. n. (Germany), I. popovicii sp. n. (Denmark), P. delyi sp. n. (North Korea), P. draskovitsi sp. n. (North Korea), P. koreana sp. n. (North Korea), P. phragmitiphila sp. n. (Turkey), P. semiflava sp. n. (Germany), Synopeas epigeios sp.n. (Denmark), S. kanwonensis sp. n. (North Korea), S. koreana sp. n. (North Korea), and S. mahunkai sp. n. (North Korea). Platygaster laticeps Thomson, 1859 is redescribed. About 35 further species are recorded from North Korea, many of them already known from Western Europe.

Key words: Hymenoptera, Platygastridae, Amblyaspis, Inostemma, Platygaster, Synopeas, new<%0> species, Palaearctic region.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 52 (3), pp. 313–317, 2006

Title: One new species of Episcapha (subgenus Ephicaspa ChûJô) (Coleoptera, Erotylidae, Megalodacnini) from China

Authors: Li, J. and Ren, G. D.

Authors' address: College of Plant Protection, Agricultural University of Hebei, Baoding, Hebei, 071002, China, E-mail: and

Abstract: The subgenus Ephicaspa Chûjô is recorded from the mainland of China for the first time, one new species, Episcapha (Ephicaspa) yunnanensis sp. nov., is described in this paper.

Key words: Coleoptera, Erotylidae, Episcapha, Ephicaspa, new species, China

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 52 (3), pp. 319–329, 2006

Title: Altitudinal variation of skull size in Daurian pika (Ochotona daurica Pallas, 1868)

Authors: Liao, J.1, Zhang, Z.2 and Liu, N.1

Authors' addresses:1School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
2The Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083, China, E-mail:

Abstract: Body size and skull size of animals were usually considered positively correlated with a decrease in temperature. This is known as Bergmann"s rule. However, with the increase of altitude other factors besides temperature, such as low oxygen concentration, may affect animals" growth and development. We tested the skull size of Daurian pika (Ochotona daurica) that were collected from different altitudinal localities to determine the trend in skull size with altitude. Our study showed that skull size is negatively correlated with altitude. The temperature decreased with altitude, as a result of converse to Bergmann"s rule. This confirmed that Bergmann"s rule is not universally valid on interpreting for animal body size cline. We contribute this to hypoxia, food shortage caused by short frost-free period and energy distribution. Our study suggests that low oxygen concentration and frost-free period should be considered when animal body size cline is discussed.

Key words: altitudinal variation, Bergmann"s rule, Daurian pika, Ochotona daurica, frost-free period, oxygen concentration, skull size

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 52 (3), pp. 331–352, 2006

Title: Comments on the systematics and natural history of Aveexcrenota, a genus of rare Andean eumaeine Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera)

Authors: Bálint, Zs.1, Boyer, P.2, Dahners, H. W.3, Salazar-Escobar, J. A.4 & Kertész, K.5

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross utca 13, Hungary, E-mail:
2Lotissement l"Horizon, Le Puy Sainte Réparade, F-13610, France
3Universidad del Valle, Departamento de Ciencias Fisiológicas, A. A. 25.360, Cali, Colombia
4Colección de Historia Natural, Universidad de Caldas, Sede Central, Calle 65, No. 26–10, Manizales, Colombia
5Research Institute for Technical and Materials Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1121 Budapest, Konkoly Thege út 29–33, Hungary

Abstract: The original description and type material of the nominal taxon Thecla anna Druce, 1907 has been investigated. The specimen which served as the basis for the original description is holotype by monotypy. The figure accompanying the original description is partly hypothetical, and actually resembles the female phenotype, which has been discovered almost one century later. The nominal taxon Aveexcrenota mimianna Salazar et Johnson, 1997 proved to be a junior synonym of A. anna, which has been hitherto reported only from the Colombian Andes. Recently Aveexrenota has been found also in Ecuador and Peru. The only known Peruvian specimen (from departament Amazonas, Pomachocha) is diagnosed on the basis on qualitative and quantitative wing characters. The genus Aveexcrenota Salazar et Johnson, 1997 (type species: Thecla anna Druce, 1907, by original designation) seems to be most closely related to the monotypic Pan-American Evenus Hübner, 1818 based on wing spectral and internal structural characters. Previous placements in "Thecla" or "Theritas" are considered unsupported by current evidence. The hypothetical cladogram for the Evenus genus group is given on the basis of wing androconia, color, pattern and shape characters considered apomorphies or synapomorphies. The clade of Thecla coronata Hewitson, 1865 is diagnosed as Suneve Bálint, gen. n. The males of A. anna are hilltoppers, where females may be also found. They are reported from virgin cloud forests between 1800–2300 m in the Cordillera Occidental (Cali) and the Cordillera Central (Manizales) of Colombia throughout the year having one flight peak in temporal distribution.

Key words: Evenus genus group, genera, spectral reflectance, Eumaeini, Andes

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