Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55 (3), pp. 211–226, 2009

Title: Notes on the Aphelocheiridae (Heteroptera) from Indochina, with redescriptions of Aphelocheirus inops and A. gularis and the description of a new species from Vietnam

Authors: Zettel, H.1 and Tran, A. D.2

Authors' addresses: 1Natural History Museum, International Research Institute of Entomology, Burgring 7, A-1010 Vienna, Austria, E-mail:
2Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Hanoi University of Science, 334 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi, Vietnam, E-mail:

Abstract: Males and females Aphelocheirus (s.str.) inops Horváth, 1918 and A. (s.str.) gularis Horváth, 1918 are described and illustrated, mainly from the type material in the Hungarian Natural History Museum. A lectotype was selected from the syntype series of Aphelocheirus inops Horváth, 1918, which consists of eleven specimens belonging to four species. Aphelocheirus (s.str.) tuberculipes sp. n. from Cao Bang Province in northern Vietnam is described and compared with the closely related A. (s.str.) femoratus Polhemus et Polhemus, 1989 from West Malaysia and Thailand. New records from Vietnam are presented of Aphelocheirus gularis, A. inops, and A. (s.str.) similaris Polhemus et Polhemus, 1989.

Key words: Aphelocheirus, taxonomy, new record, Laos, Vietnam

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55 (3), pp. 227–234, 2009

Title: A peculiar new species of Madiza (Diptera: Milichiidae) from Tanzania

Authors: Brake, I.1 and Papp, L.2

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK. E-mail:
2Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum and Animal Ecology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, PO. Box 137, H-1431 Budapest, Hungary, E-mail:

Abstract: A new species, Madiza africana sp. n. of the subfamily Madizinae is described from Tanzania. The peculiarities of the new species are discussed.

Key words: Milichiidae, Madiza, taxonomy, new species, Tanzania

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55 (3), pp. 235–261, 2009

Title: Braconidae (Hymenoptera) from Korea XXIII. Subfamilies Agathidinae and Alysiinae

Author: Papp, J.

Author's address: Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross utca 13, Hungary

Abstract: Seventy-five specimens belonging to two subfamilies, Agathidinae and Alysiinae, all collected in Korea are treated in the present article. This braconid material contains four agathidine and twenty-six alysiine (dacnusine) species already known, and ten newly described alysiine (1 Alysia and 9 Chorebus) species. The previously described taxa are listed with their full locality etc. data while the new species are described and their taxonomic relatedness discussed. With 128 original line drawings.

Key words: Korea, braconids, faunistic data, descriptions of the new species, nearest allies

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55 (3), pp. 263–274, 2009

Title: New species of cynipid gallwasps of the genus Plagiotrochus Mayr, 1881 from Nepal and Jordan (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae: Cynipini)

Authors: Melika, G.1, Pujade-Villar, J.2, Stone, G. N.3, Fülöp, D.4 and Pénzes, Zs.4

Authors' addresses: 1Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, Plant Protection and Soil Conservation Directorate of County Vas, H-9762 Tanakajd, Ambrozy sétány 2, Hungary; e-mail:
2Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Biologia, Departament de Biologia Animal, Avda. Diagonal 645, E-08028- Barcelona, Spain; e-mail:
3Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, Scotland, UK, e-mail:
4Molecular Biodiversity Group, Biological Research Center, Institute of Genetics, Temesvári krt. 62, H-6726 Szeged, Hungary; e-mail:

Abstract: Three new species of cynipid gallwasps, Plagiotrochus smetanai Melika & Pujade-Villar sp. n. and Plagiotrochus follioti Pujade-Villar et Melika sp. n. from Nepal, and Plagiotrochus csokai Melika et Pujade-Villar sp. n. from Jordan are described. Data on the diagnosis, distribution and biology of the new species are given. With 33 figures.

Key words: gallwasp, Cynipidae, Cynipini, Plagiotrochus, taxonomy

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55 (3), pp. 275–282, 2009

Title: Dodia maja sp. n., a new tiger moth from the Magadan Territory, Russia (Lepidoptera, Arctiidae)

Authors: Rekelj, J.1 and Cesanek, M.2

Authors' addresses: 1Struzevo 35, 4000 Kranj, Slovenija, e-mail:
2Bodrocká 30, 82107 Bratislava, Slovakia, e-mail:

Abstract: A new species Dodia maja sp. n. (Lepidoptera, Arctiidae) is described from the Magadan region of Russia. Illustrations of adults, genitalia, and third-instar larva are provided. A diagnostic comparison is made with Dodia kononenkoi, D. transbaikalensis, D. verticalis, D. albertae, D. tarandus, D. diaphana and D. sazanovi.

Key words: Lepidoptera, Arctiinae, Dodia, new species, Russia

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55 (3), pp. 283–291, 2009

Title: The Chorthippus albomarginatus-group (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Gomphocerinae) in the Carpathian Basin: traces of hybridization between C. albomarginatus and C. oschei in Southern Slovakia

Authors: Vedenina, V.1, Holusa, J.2 and Kocárek, P.3

Authors' addresses: 1Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Bolshoi Karetnyi per. 19, Moscow 127994, Russia, E-mail:
2Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Kamycká 1176, CZ-16521 Praha 6-Suchdol, Czech Republic, E-mail:
3Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Ostrava, Chittussiho 10, CZ-710 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic, E-mail:

Abstract: Specimens of the Chorthippus albomarginatus-group were studied from two localities near Ardovo in southern Slovakia. We analyzed the male courtship songs and the stridulatory peg number on the inner side of the hind femora. During recording of courtship songs, the stridulatory movements of the hind legs were also recorded. On the basis of the courtship song analysis and the measurements of the peg number, the specimens from both populations are regarded as C. oschei pusztaensis. However, deviations in song and leg movements for some specimens are consistent with hybridization between C. albomarginatus and C. oschei. Our study provides evidence C. albomarginatus and C. oschei hybridize in Slovakia.

Key words: Chorthippus oschei, courtship song, hybrid zone

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55 (3), pp. 293–306, 2009

Title: Diet composition of otters (Lutra lutra L.) living on small watercourses in Southwestern Hungary

Author: Lanszki, J.1, Széles, L. G.1 and Yoxon, G.2

Authors' addresses: 1University of Kaposvár, Department of Nature Conservation, H-7401 Kaposvár, P.O. Box 16, Hungary, E-mail:
2International Otter Survival Fund, 7 Black Park, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9DE, Scotland E-mail:

Abstract: The diet composition of Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) was studied by spraint (faecal) analysis (n = 1,460 samples), over a two-year period, on five sections of stream and channel in the Dráva region of southwest Hungary. The primary food of otters was generally fish (range: 33.3–89.9%, biomass estimation), with amphibians of secondary importance (3.4–48.5%). Highest fish consumption was found in winter and lowest in spring. Amphibians were eaten more in spring than in winter. Mammals (range 2.0–9.3%), birds (1.1–4.1%), reptiles (up to 22.2%), crayfish (up to 1.7%) and insects (0.1–4.2%) were consumed at low levels. Trophic niche breadth did not differ significantly between areas, though the widest and lowest seasonal values differed greatly (summer B = 2.48, winter B = 1.12). Otters preyed mainly on small fish (< 100 g in weight, range 88.0–96.9% biomass) at all study areas. Eurytopic (mean 72.7%) and stagnophilic fish (mean 21.7%) were taken preferentially, with lesser consumption of reophilic species (mean 5.6%). Non-native fish were taken most often (mean 71.0%, e.g. giebel carp, brown bullhead). Our results indicate that small watercourses can play an important role as regards otter habitat and, as such, should receive more attention when assessing habitats for otter.

Key words: Lutra lutra, food, stream, channel, non-native fish

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